Qualcomm launched the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset in December 2021 which powers most of the flagship smartphones released so far. Meanwhile, the company has now declared the launch of its ‘Plus’ variant which is Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+.
Qualcomm recently announced that Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+ chipset will launch on May 20. The chipmaker will hold an online launch conference that will start at 20:00 on the day.
Further, the upcoming chipset is built on Taiwan-based TSMC’s 4nm semiconductor fabrication process. And since it is a Plus edition, it is speculated that it will be more efficient than the regular version.
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Many smartphones of various brands including Xiaomi, Motorola, Lenovo, OnePlus, etc are set to enter the markets powering the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+ processor with the first smartphones powered by it expected to launch by June.
Samsung will also introduce the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 which feature the same chipset but these will not be the first to use it. Instead, the company will launch these two phones sometime in August.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 will come with further improvements over their predecessors. These will come with a larger display, enhanced camera experience, powerful battery, and some changes in design as well.
Besides, several users have reported issues with the Snapdragon 8 gen 1 processor producing heat very quickly and it is expected that its Plus variant will not have these issues. We might get more information about the upcoming flagship chipset in the coming days.
Samsung Gaming Hub reaches 2022 smart TVs and monitors to provide best gaming experience
Samsung has started rolling out its Gaming Hub to all 2022 Samsung Smart TVs to bring users the best game streaming content and game playing experiences with no additional hardware or downloads needed.
The service is now available with instant access to Xbox, Nvidia GeForce Now, Google Stadia, Utomik, Twitch, YouTube, and Spotify. And, support for Amazon Luna will arrive at a later date.
Samsung first announced the Gaming Hub at CES 2022. It allows players to access their favorite games from popular game streaming services and permits them to even buy games from those services in a single place.
The Samsung Gaming Hub brings better, faster, and more convenient access to gaming within Samsung TVs including the 2022 Neo QLED 8K, Neo QLED 4K, QLEDs, and the 2022 Smart Monitor Series, combining Samsung’s expertise in hardware and software for an optimal gaming experience.
Furthermore, when it comes to 4K and 8K content, using AI Gaming technology, the new gaming hub also displays curated game recommendations on your TV’s home screen. Additionally, the service introduces faster decoding and optimized buffer control technology to reduce the input lag.
Aside from these, the company’s Gaming Hub offers support for accessories like Bluetooth controllers and wireless headsets to further bring users the ability to access a wide range of gaming services.
For more information, visit Samsung Newsroom.
Global smartphone sales declined below 100 million, 2nd time in 10 years
According to the Counterpoint Research report, the global monthly smartphone sales fell below 100 million for the second time in 10 years. The monthly report for May 2022 shows that the global smartphone market sold 96 million units, down 4% month-on-month and 10% year-on-year.
Notably, this is the second consecutive month-on-month decline and the 11th consecutive month of year-on-year declines. In the year 2022, it seems that mobile phones will not be able to sell.
In the meantime, Counterpoint Research also reveals that even after the fast recovery after the first wave of the pandemic in 2020, the smartphone market still hasn’t reached pre-pandemic levels. Over the past 2021, the smartphone market has not been optimistic due to tight supplies and the continuing impact of the new crown pandemic.
With the timing of 2022, things are not looking up for the smartphone market, which has been hit by a slump in demand due to various factors including inflation.t is an indisputable fact that overall smartphone sales are weak, but the decline in smartphone shipments in the second half of the year could improve.
As per the Counterpoint Macro Index, the negative impact is expected to continue into the summer, but will gradually improve in the second half of the year. In addition, relevant agencies said that the resistance of the mobile phone industry is expected to weaken in the second half of 2022, but the growth of the smartphone industry is expected to rebound to only 5% in 2023.
Samsung’s Student Advantage Program has lots of discounts on smartphones, wearables, tablets and more
Samsung always has some exciting deals for its customers. Now the company is offering special discounts on various Galaxy products including smartphones, tablets, wearables, laptops, and monitors for students.
Samsung has recently announced the Student Advantage Program 2022 through its official Newsroom post in India. The program is meant to offer cutting-edge technology for students’ everyday use and to make digital learning more affordable.
Students can grab these discounts on Samsung’s official online store Samsung Shop and Samsung Exclusive Stores. It should be noted that this program is only applicable for some select Galaxy products. Below you can see the list of devices as well as the discounts available for them.
Samsung Student Advantage Program 2022
According to the official announcement, Samsung’s flagship smartphones including Galaxy S20 FE and Galaxy S21 FE, Galaxy A Series smartphones above INR 10,000, Galaxy Tab A series, and Galaxy Tab S series will be available at 5% off. Students will get 10% off on Samsung wearables and laptops while Samsung Monitors will be available at 5% off.
While considering the high-end Galaxy S22 Ultra, students can collect a Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 for just INR 2,999. Meanwhile, Galaxy Buds 2 is offered only for INR 2,999 on the purchase of Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+ smartphones.
In addition to these Galaxy S22 series offers, you will also get an upgrade bonus of up to INR 8,000 or a cashback of INR 5,000 (on HDFC Bank cards or Samsung Finance+) or a 24-month no-cost EMI with zero down payment in addition to the 5% off.
Students will get direct access to genuine Samsung products and will have the option to pay through easy no-cost EMIs along with easy exchange benefits too.
For more information, visit Samsung Newsroom.