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Samsung Galaxy A5 Dual-SIM Variant Listed on Company’s China Site

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INRIX Powers the Connected Car Via INRIX Apps for Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge and Gear S Featured.

Not to long ago, Samsung launched the Galaxy A3 and A5 handset, which features a similar design factor as the Galaxy Alpha with a beautiful, premium metal design. Samsung took to its blog to reassure potential buyers and digital window shoppers that the phone’s wacky design can actually withstand day-to-day use. Recently, Samsung Galaxy A5 with dual-SIM support was spotted on the company’s website in China, a feature which is very popular in emerging markets. The partnership sees INRIX whose big data solution provides timely traffic and navigation information from hundreds of cities around the world making its service available on Samsung’s latest devices, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge and Gear S.

Along with promoting the screen’s durability, Samsung says the curved portion is engineered to recognize the difference between casual touches and intentional taps. At the time of launch, Samsung didn’t go into detail about dual-SIM support for the handset, but now we know it may launch in other markets as well, especially developing ones like India and China. To bridge this gap between form and function, Samsung has gone for a design revamp with Galaxy Alpha, which keeps most of the features of Galaxy S5 but adds a metallic flavour to it at Rs 40,000.

A large number of new technologies and solutions have made their way into this market which is expected to see almost 90% of cars being connected by 2020 (click here for more other analysis on the Connected Car). Samsung also wants everyone to know the left edge is also slightly curved, though of course not as dramatically as the right side, to give some aesthetic balance.

The handset also features 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage coupled with a microSD card support of up to 64GB should you ever need more storage. Service providers, auto-makers and in-vehicle connectivity hardware providers have all made their grand entry into this segment while on the service end, content providers are rolling out their cloud-based applications to deliver a wide array of telematics and infotainment services into the car. However, it is wider than the Apple iPhone 6 Plus by a few millimetres, which makes a lot of difference when the phablet is being operated via one hand. Hybrid players who combine hardware products with cloud-based applications accessible on smart phones are also competing head-to-head with other players in this segment.

Any discussion of the Note Edge will revolve around the unique, curved screen, but from every other side, it looks nearly identical to the original Note 4. Other features include 4G connectivity, Ultra Power Saving Mode, Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, a 2,300 mAh battery and runs Android 4.4 KitKat as its operating system out of the box. Within this space, content aggregators are bringing to market their own platforms which integrate the offerings of hundreds of content providers, allowing their clients (such as auto-makers) to choose their own customized content bundles for their cars.

INRIX for example, offers a very rich database of real-time traffic information via its application that can be accessed on the digital platforms in cars, for example, via the Airbiquity platform (from Airbiquity) that carries INRIX as one of its offering. We have seen this design approach several times earlier, from last year’s Micromax Canvas 4 to this year’s second-generation Moto X and Microsoft’s Lumia 930 and 830. While the Apple phablet has colder tones, the Samsung phablet shows rather warmer and vibrant colours (that even seem a little oversaturated at times). What this means is that consumers who purchase these latest devices from Samsung will have a ready access to INRIX services and applications, namely the ‘Car Mode’ service, ‘My Places’ Widget and “Morning!” Smart Alarm Clock App.

First, the Quad HD+ refers to the resolution of the flat area of the display, 2,560 by 1,440 pixels, and the curved Edge screen, which adds an extra 160 pixels of width. We noticed the effect of the QHD panel only in a few apps and games, where textures appear more detailed, but such instances were few and far between. Other navigation services provided on this mode include the information on the closest available off-street parking and least expensive place to refuel. The display quality is still excellent, matching the Note 4’s vivid colors and brightness, but it’s noticeably smaller when held side by side, and there’s a bit more rainbow-inducing refraction on the actual glass.

Via integration with the Samsung Gear S Smartwatch, notifications and alerts generated from the INRIX XD Traffic app can now be received on this smartwatch. The plastic is relegated to only the rear casing of the smartphone, so you don’t get to see much of it but you can feel its slightly rubbery texture everytime you hold the device. The feature enables users to receive departure alerts for saved places in the app that tells them the best time to leave and expected travel time in traffic to their destination. T-Mobile’s making strides with its speedy LTE network, but it still lags behind Verizon in terms of coverage, as we found in our latest Fastest Mobile Networks tests. By connecting drivers through collaborations with partners and customers like Samsung, we’re not only making navigation easier for Samsung device owners but creating a network effect that makes our roads work smarter for all drivers.

But we feel that the comparison to Galaxy S2 is closer home, as the overall design language of Alpha (and S5 too for that matter) seems very similar to that of the ageing 2011 smartphone’s. There are three main functions for the Edge screen: notifications, app shortcuts, and Edge panels, which can be thought of as apps or widgets made for the Edge screen.

The idea here is that offloading incoming notifications and other functions to Edge panels is less intrusive and allows for instantly accessible information from anywhere. The app shortcut panel is active by default whenever you’re on the home screen, but collapses down into a black line with a personalized message when you launch an app or browse the app drawer. Once in an app, you can summon the full-sized panels with a quick swipe in from the side, and once you start interacting with your main app on the flat portion of the screen, the Edge panels collapse again.

This combination of screen size, resolution and panel type results in a display that is not the best around, though the untrained eye would find it hard to spot the problems. The first is the greenish hue that is characteristic of any Super AMOLED screen, something we point out in all reviews of Samsung phone as well as in that of Moto X (2nd generation). Though it does not affect the experience when you are watching movies or playing games, it is still present and you would end up noticing it a few times within a week of usage. As you would expect, the battery life does take a hit from the decrease in capacity, but thankfully we could eke out almost a day of juice on one charge consistently for two weeks.

Of course, a HD display requires less power than a Full HD panel (this is effectively negated due to the smaller battery size), but we also used optimal settings and resorted to a battery saver app to maximize the juice on the phone. Nevertheless, we would suggest that if you want a smartphone for Rs 40,000, then Samsung Galaxy Alpha is easily among the best choices you can make at the price point.

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