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New York, Aug 9 (IANS) Sounding the bugle for its annual warfare with Apple right on its home turf, Samsung on Thursday launched its flagship Galaxy Note 9 — a device with a mammoth 1 TB memory, bigger battery and a Bluetooth-equipped S Pen.

The 6.4-inch Note 9 comes in four colours and two variants — 6GB RAM and 128GB in-built internal memory (expandable up to 512GB) and 8GB RAM with 512GB ROM that can be expandable up to 1TB with an additional 512GB microSD card — a delight for the gamers and heavy-duty users.

“The Note has always been our showcase for premium technology and industry defining innovations. It is designed for a level of performance power and intelligence that today’s power users need,” DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Samsung Electronics, said at the jam-packed Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in New York City.

Both variants of the phablet will arrive in India by the end of this month and the price and exact availability date will be announced on August 10. However, not all the four colour models may initially make their way to India.

“The pricing will play a bigger role in deciding whether Samsung wants to fight the Chinese players or continue its focus on the premium customers in India,” Satish Meena, Senior Forecast Analyst at Forrester Research, told IANS over phone.

The device that runs OS Android 8.1 (Oreo) will have the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 system-on-chip (SoC) for the US customers and the models powered by Samsung’s very own “Exynos 9 Series 9810” chips will head to the rest of the world, including India.

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Samsung’s flagship Galaxy Note 9 comes in four colours and two varients – 6GB RAM and 128GB in-built internal memory and 8GB RAM with 512GB ROM that can be expandable up to 1TB.

The device will sport dual camera system (12MP+12MP) with dual optical image stabilisation (OIS) at the rear — with 2 times more powerful optical zoom and up to 10 times powerful digital zoom — and an 8MP front shooter.

Note 9 with Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display houses 4000mAh battery — 21 per cent bigger that Note 8 – that is paired with fast-charging technology compatible with both wired and wireless charging.

When it comes to Stylus Pen (the company calls it S Pen), there is much more to experience this time.

“S Pen now has remote control functionality along with Bluetooth connectivity and extremely fast charging,” the company executive explained.

“S Pen can control anything, from YouTube or photo gallery to operating the phone camera. It can guide entire presentations at office meetings. We have opened software development kit (SDK) for S Pen and will soon have more applications and features,” they added.

The fingerprint scanner is comfortably located just below the rear camera system.

Note 9 also comes with dust and waterproof IP68 rating (including S Pen) and houses “Samsung Knox” enterprise mobile security solution pre-installed for enhanced security.

The flagship smartphone has also retained the iconic 3.5-mm headphone jack.

(Nishant Arora is attending the event at Samsung’s invitation. He can be contacted at [email protected])

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Mumbai, Oct 17: The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) on Wednesday opened on a positive note during the morning session of the trade.

The Sensex of the BSE opened at 35,543.38 points, touched a high of 35,605.43 and a low of 35,457.83, after closing at 35,162.48 points on Tuesday.

The Sensex is trading at 35,461.98 points up by 298.61 points or 0.85 per cent.

On the other hand, the broader 50-scrip Nifty at the National Stock Exchange (NSE) opened at 10,688.70 points after closing at 10,584.75 points on Tuesday.

The Nifty is trading at 10,672.60 points in the morning.

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ICPA seeks ‘one rank one pay’ for AI pilots

According to ICPA, from October 2017, the Air India management had started paying a section of wide-body pilots an ad-hoc amount at par with the new proposal which is yet to be approved by the ministry.

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New Delhi, Oct 17 ; The Indian Commercial Pilots’ Association (ICPA) on Tuesday sought ‘one rank one pay’ for all the pilots of the national passenger carrier Air India.

In a letter to Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu, ICPA urged the ministry to address the pilots’ pay parity issue which is the legacy of Air India-Indian Airlines merger that took place more than a decade ago.

According to ICPA, from October 2017, the Air India management had started paying a section of wide-body pilots an ad-hoc amount at par with the new proposal which is yet to be approved by the ministry.

The letter alleges that half of the flying allowance paid to wide-body pilots is still being paid in fixed US dollar exchange rate of Rs 45.50, while the present US dollar exchange rate has reached an all time high of Rs 74.

As per the letter, while majority of Air India pilots are paid international layover subsistence allowance on actual international night stops ($200), a section of wide body pilots continue to receive a fixed monthly international layover allowance irrespective of number of international night stops undertaken.

“We fail to understand as to why the top management has turned a blind eye to this issue which is bleeding the national carrier of high value foreign exchange,” the October 16 letter said.

“In spite of being in the know of the US dollars being paid to these pilots at an exchange rate of INR 45.50, the Director (Operations) has taken no initiative to correct the wrong for reasons best known to him,” it said.

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Sensex opens 140 points up, Nifty at 11,550

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Mumbai, Oct 16: The 30-scrip S&P BSE Sensex on Tuesday opened in the positive territory tracking similar cues from its Asian peers.

Healthy buying was witnessed in auto, healthcare and capital goods counters.

The Sensex of the BSE opened at 35,004.33 points from its previous close at 34,865.10 points on Monday.

At 9.20 a.m., the Sensex traded at 35,006.10 points up by 141 points or 0.40 per cent.

The broader 50-scrip Nifty at National Stock Exchange (NSE) opened at 10,550.15 points after closing at 10,512.50 points.

The Nifty traded at 10,545.00 points during the morning trade session, up 32.50 points and 0.31 per cent.

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