Samsung officially unveils Galaxy A14 5G and Galaxy A23 5G in India
Last week, Samsung announced to bring the Galaxy A14 5G and Galaxy A23 5G smartphones to India on January 18. Ahead of this, the company has officially unveiled the specifications, color options, price details, and launch offers of the devices.
Both the Galaxy A14 and Galaxy A23 will be available across Samsung exclusive and partner stores, Samsung.com, and other online players in Indian starting January 20, 2023. Whereas, customers can purchase the two devices through Live Commerce on Samsung.com on January 18, from 12 noon onwards.
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Below you can check the specification, prices, and other details of these new low-cost phones.
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G:
The Galaxy A23 5G sports a 6.6-inch Full HD+ display. This screen features a 120Hz refresh rate that enables smooth scrolling and fluid screen transitions. Moreover, the device equips the Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G Octa-core processor, paired with 6GB and 8GB RAM.
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For photography, there are four rear cameras, including a 50MP OIS main camera that allows users to click bright photos and videos without shakes and blurs. Additionally, it features a 5MP Ultra-wide angle camera, a 2MP Depth camera, and a 2MP Marco camera. Whereas, the front side has a 13MP shooter for selfies and video calls.
Besides these, the device equips a 5,000mAh battery with 25W charging support. The software is not mentioned in the newsroom post, however, it should be Android 13-based One UI 5.0.
- Light Blue
- 8GB + 128GB – INR 24,999
- 6GB + 128GB – INR 22,999
Samsung is offering INR 2,000 cashback on the purchase of the smartphone using SBI, IDFC, and ZestMoney. Also, you will be able to buy it at a monthly EMI of INR 1,576.
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G:
Samsung Galaxy A14 flaunts a 6.6-inch Full HD+ display with a 90Hz refresh rate for smooth scrolling. It is powered by Exynos 1330 Octa-core processor for flawless performance and enhanced multitasking. And, the chipset is paired with 4GB, 6GB, or 8GB RAM.
Moreover, the device comes with a triple rear camera setup that consists of a 50MP primary camera, a 2MP macro camera, and a 2MP depth camera. Meanwhile, the front side has a 13MP selfie shooter.
In addition to this, this phone sports a massive 5000mAh battery that supports a 15W fast charging solution. Similar to A23 5G, this phone should also drive the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 software out of the box.
- Dark Red
- Light Green
- 8GB + 128GB – INR 20,999
- 6GB + 128GB – INR 18,999
- 4GB + 64GB – INR 16,499
You can get a cashback of INR 1,500 while purchasing the phone with SBI, IDFC, and ZestMoney. Meanwhile, if you want to buy at EMI, you will have to pay INR 1,382 monthly.
Samsung joins RISC-V software ecosystem eyeing semiconductor advancements
Eyeing Exynos advancements, Samsung joined RISC-V, an open-source software development project to build and spread an advanced semiconductor ecosystem. Recently, the company announced that it has become a member of the operating board of directors for “RISC-V.”
To be noted RISC-V is an open source software development project launched by the Linux Foundation, an open source non-profit organization. This is an organization launched to develop software using RISC-V, n open source (open) semiconductor design asset (IP, Intellectual Property).
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Including Samsung, global IT and semiconductor companies such as Google, Intel, Nvidia, and Qualcomm are participating. Companies participating in the RISE project, including Samsung, plan to jointly develop software based on RISC-V.
“We will participate in the RISE project and collaborate with other companies to build a sustainable RISC-V-based open source software ecosystem,” said Park Soo-hong, head of the Open Source Group at Samsung Research and a member of the Linux Foundation board of directors.
It is easy to implement applications or services, which operate on RISC-V-based chipsets, and resources required for development and maintenance can be reduced. It’s expected to be used in various fields such as mobile, home appliances, data centers, and vehicle applications.
Meanwhile, RISE operating board members include Samsung Electronics, Google, Intel, Nvidia, Qualcomm, Red Hat, Mediatek, Andes, and Imae Thirteen companies including Imagination Rivos, SiFive, Ventana, T-Head are Samsung participating.
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Samsung will change the way you transact with cards
Samsung Biometric Card IC is an all-in-one security solution, which offers biometric cards a variety of things they need to make everyday transactions safer and PIN free. Notably, this technology was selected as a winner of the CES 2023 Best of Innovation Awards in the Cybersecurity & Personal Privacy category.
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Let’s take a look at how Samsung Biometric Card IC can make card transactions PIN free and convenient, solving one of the world’s most pressing payment and identification problems. The video mentioned below gives you a high-level understanding of how it will change the way people pay in the future.
What the video below:
Samsung Biometric Card IC
An innovative payment card technology called a biometric card offers cardholders a secure and convenient way to authenticate themselves at the point of sale (POS) by using their fingerprint instead of a personal identification number (PIN) or signature.
Cardholders don’t need to enter a PIN for high-value transactions, making transactions faster and easier. An added layer of security reduces concerns about the card or PIN theft and increases confidence in using the card, especially when traveling because you don’t have to worry about fraudulent payments even if your card is stolen or lost.
Galaxy S23 Blurry Close-up Camera Explained, Samsung Pledges Software Fix
Samsung’s latest Galaxy S23 series brings some of the best camera smartphones out there. Following the launch, it was noticed that the non-Ultra models of Samsung Galaxy S23 have some issues, causing blurry close-up shots, which are now officially acknowledged.
What’s the issue?
Some Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Plus smartphone users noticed that the area around the subject looks a bit blurred when taking a close-up shot. The impact of this problem is limited to both low-end models of the lineup, while the Ultra remains issue-free.
What’s the reason?
Samsung disclosed through its community post that Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus use a 50-megapixel primary camera powered by AI features and machine learning. The blurry close-up problem causes due to the sensor’s bright aperture, which makes stunning Nitghtography possible.
Fix coming in the future!
Samsung not only explained the issue and shared the reason, but also confirmed that the blurry close-up shots problem on Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus is planned to improve (fix) in a future software update. However, when this software update will release, remains a question for now.
If you are experiencing this on your Samsung Galaxy S23 or S23+, there are a few solutions you can try:
- Try taking a picture from a bit further away; if the subject you are photographing is about 30 cm away, move back a hand’s width
- Try to take a photo holding the phone vertically; if you hold the phone horizontally or diagonally, the background may appear blurred.
Why S23 Ultra is unimpacted?
Galaxy S23 Ultra remains unimpacted from the blurry shot issue as its camera automatically switches to the wide-angle camera and activates the focus booster to prevent blur. But do note that the focus enhancer stops working in high-resolution image mode, possibly resulting in a blurry close-up.