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  • Samsung Galaxy A80 gets discounted, now available for Rs 39,990: Should you buy it?

    first_imgSamsung’s premium Galaxy A80 smartphone has received a price cut in India. Initially launched at Rs 47,990, the Galaxy A80 has been discounted by Rs 8,000 and is now available for Rs 39,990. The new price of the Galaxy A80 can be seen on online platforms like Amazon India and via offline retail stores across the country.Galaxy A80 (Review) is Samsung’s top-end smartphone in the A-series this year and one of the most experimental phones from the company yet. It touts a unique rotating triple camera design and a notchless New Infinity display, among other things.Samsung Galaxy A80 specificationsThe Galaxy A80 sports a 6.7-inch FHD+ (2400×1080) Super AMOLED display with extremely slim bezels on the top and sides. Unlike other Galaxy phones this year, the Galaxy A80 does not get a notch or hole-punch cutout on the display. Samsung has used a unique rising camera mechanism in which the triple rear cameras rise up and rotate to the front.Powering the Galaxy A80 is a Snapdragon 730G chipset coupled with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The handset ships with Android 9 Pie-based One UI, which comes with features like system-wide dark mode and a redesigned UI for easier one-handed use.Coming to the cameras, the Galaxy A80 features a 48MP f/2.0 Sony IMX586 main sensor for crisp and detailed high-res photos, an 8MP f/2.2 ultra wide-angle camera and ToF (Time of Flight) camera for depth mapping. All three rear cameras can be rotated to the front for crisp selfies, group selfies and portrait selfies. Galaxy A80 houses a 3,700mAh battery and supports 25W fast charging.Should you buy the Galaxy A80?The Galaxy A80 offers some interesting new features such as an immersive notchless AMOLED display and a rotating camera system. When we reviewed the Galaxy A80 back in July, we felt the phone was overpriced at Rs 47,990. However, with the price of the Galaxy A80 dropping to Rs 39,990, the smartphone is worth considering.The Snapdragon 730G SoC is a fast and smooth chipset, offering a great gaming experience when coupled with the Galaxy A80s New Infinity display. The phone also gets a decent day-long battery life and fast charging support. That being said, you will get flagships like OnePlus 7T and Redmi K20 Pro that offer an overall better experience for much less.last_img read more

  • Mercosur suspends Venezuela for failure to follow rules

    by Hannah Dreier, The Associated Press Posted Dec 2, 2016 10:22 am MDT Last Updated Dec 2, 2016 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Mercosur suspends Venezuela for failure to follow rules CARACAS, Venezuela – South American nations suspended Venezuela on Friday from the Mercosur trade group over what they said was its failure to comply with the commitments made when it joined the group in 2012.Argentina’s foreign ministry said in a statement that Venezuela had failed to meet a Thursday deadline to adopt certain standards required for membership. The foreign ministers of the four founding members— Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay — notified Venezuela’s government of the decision in a letter.Mercosur accepted Venezuela as a member when South America was dominated by leftist governments in an effort to link the region’s biggest agricultural and energy markets.But the socialist-run Venezuela fell afoul of its neighbours as it cracked down on the opposition and conservative governments assumed power in Argentina and Brazil. Venezuela’s regional influence also waned as the country cut back on oil shipments once provided to allies at cut-rate prices.This strong rebuke from Venezuela’s one-time friends could open the door to stronger action from countries and regional blocs. The head of the Organization of American States for months has threatened moves against Venezuela for its increasing authoritarianism. Some U.S. Congress members have called for sanctions and other forms of pressure.Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez said Friday she had not been informed of the suspension. She rejected the notion that Venezuela had failed to conform to the trade group’s rules.“Venezuela does not recognize the null action carried out under the law of the jungle taken by the officials who are destroying Mercosur,” she said.Earlier in the week, Venezuela’s opposition coalition threatened to walk away from ongoing dialogue with the socialist government. The Vatican-mediated talks were intended to head off a growing political crisis as critics of President Nicolas Maduro allege he has become a dictator and call for him to resign.Venezuela has arrested hundreds of opposition activists in recent years and stifled opposition media. A local human rights group counts 100 political prisoners still in jail. This fall, the government killed an effort stage a recall referendum against Maduro.___Hannah Dreier is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/hannahdreier. Her work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/hannah-dreier. read more