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Samsung Galaxy S23 series receives record-breaking pre-orders in India

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Samsung introduced the much anticipated Galaxy S23 series smartphones at the Galaxy Unpacked event on February 1 as well as started taking pre-orders of the devices with a lot of benefits and great trade-in values. Seems like customers living in India are taking full advantage of the early Galaxy S23 series deals as Samsung sees record-breaking pre-orders in the country.

ET Telecom has recently reported that Samsung India has received twice the pre-orders for the Galaxy S23 smartphones compared to last year’s Galaxy S22, indicating that the demand for flagship phones is still high in the country.

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Samsung India achieved this success despite a price hike, which explains its popularity and trust in the country. For your information, the Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23+, and Galaxy S23 Ultra prices in India start at INR 79,999, INR 94,999, and INR 124,999, respectively.

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Raju Pullan, Samsung India’s Senior VP said, “We have received almost 1,40,000 pre-books of the Galaxy S23 series within the first 24 hours of opening pre-bookings.”

Aditya Babbar, Senior Director of Samsung India Mobile Business said, “The higher amount of pre-bookings have been Ultra focused.”

Assuming the average price of INR 1 lakh (~ $1,200) for each Galaxy S23 unit, pre-bookings of around INR 1,400 crore (~ $169 million) devices add up in less than 24 hours. This comes after the company increased its marketing and retail expansion by 1.5 times.

The senior director further explained that the expansion of its digital lending platform Samsung Finance+ and increased touchpoints in smaller cities to experience its smartphones have helped the company double the number of premium smartphones in the country.

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Will Samsung launch Slim variants of Galaxy Z Flip 6, Z Fold 6?

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 update September 2023 update US

Samsung might launch Galaxy Z Flip 6 Slim and Galaxy Z Fold 6 Slip GalaxyClub reports. While the company is marching towards its July Unpacked, rumors about new Slim models are surfacing now.

RossYoung hints that Samsung might introduce a Galaxy Z Fold 6 Slim. It could have a larger display than the regular phone and lack S Pen support. This variant could hit the market later this year in the fourth quarter.

The Z Fold 6 Slim is model-numbered Q6 Slim, while there’s also a B6 Slim. B6 is the model number of the upcoming Z Flip 6, with Slim also expected. These rumors point out that the affordable foldables might be Slim.

At present, we don’t have any idea of the specifications of the Slim foldables. Earlier, it was reported that Samsung was heavily shocked by the reduced thickness of foldable phones released by Chinese vendors specifically Huawei.

It looks like the Korean tech giant has decided to trim some key specs in order to make foldables thinner. Those who want pro-grade specs would have option to go for strategic models, while Slim variants would extend the choice.

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Samsung struggles in Nvidia HBM test: Reuters

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Samsung HBM3E Nvidia approval

Samsung is facing difficulties in passing the Nvidia HBM test Reuters reports. The report says that Samsung has not yet passed Nvidia’s tests for high-bandwidth memory. Issues with heat and power consumption are reportedly the major reasons.

Since last year, Samsung has been facing issues passing Nvidia HBM tests for HBM3 and HBM3E. Meanwhile, the South Korean tech giant responded (via Reuters), “The testing is still ongoing, and final results have not been determined.”

Last month, Nvidia failed Samsung’s 8-stack and 12-stack HBM3E chips. However, the testing is still running and the company may get more chances to get its chips passed. In case the company fails to pass the HBM test, it will lag behind its competitor SK Hynix.

HBM is a key player in the booming popularity of artificial intelligence. This semiconductor stacks DRAM layers to dramatically increase data capacity and processing speed. Currently, SK Hynix and Samsung Electronics have been sharing the market.

Analysts also say that SK Hynix, which developed the first HBM chip in 2013, has spent far more time and resources on HBM research and development than Samsung over the past decade, accounting for its technological edge.

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iFixit ends Samsung collab, Repair Hub to shut next month

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iFixit made a surprising announcement, breaking its repair ties with Samsung next month. The company says that a number of reasons are behind the termination of this collaboration. Two years after servicing Galaxies, iFixit will stop selling original spare parts next month.

Samsung allegedly creates problems for independent repair services. Consumers purchasing original spare parts from Samsung are required to submit their name, contact details, home address, IMEI number, and defect details for every repair carried out.

“It’s with a heavy wrench that we have decided to end our partnership with Samsung. Despite a huge amount of effort, Samsung’s approach to repairability does not align with our mission,” iFixit reports.

The Galaxy maker also requires repair service providers to purchase spare parts in large quantities. Service providers stay away from hefty purchases as Galaxy phones are often designed in such a way that spare parts have to be sold as a glued unit with several components.

Changes taking place starting June 1st, 2024:

  • Starting June 2024, iFixit will no longer be Samsung’s designated third-party parts and tools distributor.
  • iFixit will no longer have a quantity limit of seven Samsung parts per repair shop per quarter.
  • No existing information will be removed from iFixit, but it will not collaborate directly with Samsung to develop new manuals.
  • iFixit will continue to sell parts and repair fix kits for Samsung devices, sourcing OEM parts when available and clearly indicating whether parts are original or aftermarket.
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