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Samsung Announces Collaboration With iFixit, to Bring Self-Repair Programme for Users

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Samsung has announced a new self-repairs partnership programme in a bid to “promote a circular economy and minimise e-waste.” The South Korean tech giant announced that Samsung Galaxy customers will be able to take product repair into their own hands for select models starting this year. The company is partnering with the popular repair community iFixit for the program. The announcement comes months after Apple announces its version of a self-repair programme for select products. 

The Samsung repair programme is currently limited to US customers. It is unknown if Samsung will expand the program to other countries, including India. While we wait for some information on that front, here’s everything you need to know about the new Samsung self-repair service.

Samsung Self-Repair Programme Announced

Samsung has announced a new self-repair programme for its customers in the US. As the name suggests, users will be able to perform basic repairs on their own. Currently, the list of devices that are a part of the programme includes the Galaxy S21 and the Galaxy S20 series. Samsung is also adding the Tab S7+ to the list of eligible devices for the programme. The service will go live starting “Summer 2022”. Samsung consumers will get access to genuine device parts, repair tools, and intuitive, visual, step-by-step repair guides.  

Initially, Galaxy users will be able to replace display assemblies, back glass, and charging ports. They can also return the replaced parts to Samsung for recycling purposes. The company stated that it will add more products eligible for the self-repair programme in the future.

Samsung’s arch-rival, Apple announced its Self Service Repair programme for individuals. Under the Apple self-service repair programme, customers can order dedicated parts and tools via the online store required to repair or replace an existing component. iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 series are currently included in the list of devices eligible for the repair programme. 

The initial phase will let users self-repair the most commonly used service modules. These include the iPhone display, battery, and camera. Parts and tools for additional repairs will be available later next year. You can click here to know more about the Apple repair programme.

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This Feature is Coming to WhatsApp – Silent Exit

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If you’re a WhatsApp user and you found yourself added to a group without your knowledge, and you don’t want to annoy the person who added you probably because it’s a family member, well worry not as WhatsApp is working on a feature that will make you secretly leave a group without anyone noticing.

According to the latest report from Wabetainfo, an update is in work that would allow WhatsApp users to leave groups silently. A screenshot of the upcoming feature shows that when you leave a group, other members won’t be informed about your exit. Only you and the WhatsApp group admin will be notified that you’ve left the group.

WhatsApp group exit

What this means is that when you exit a group, WhatsApp normally adds a system message in the chat to inform all participants that you exited the group; but with this latest development, only the group admins will be notified that you left a group. Group admins should always be notified about what happens in their groups, so it is needed to show them who exited a group.

The feature is still in development, and it will be rolled out fully once it’s tested in the coming weeks.

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Infinix Launches Note 12 VIP With 120W charging, 120Hz screen, 108MP Camera

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Infinix has added another member to the infinix Note 12 series dubbed as Infinix Note 12 VIP, and it supports 120W Hyper Charge.

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Infinix Note 12VIP

Infinix Note 12 VIP features a 6.7” AMOLED display with FHD+ resolution, similar to the original Note 12 display, but noticeably more capable. This is a 10-bit panel with 100% DCI-P3 coverage and 120Hz refresh rate (plus 360Hz touch sampling rate).

Looking at the cameras, the main camera on the back has a 108MP sensor (1/1.67”, 1.92µm pixels after 9-in-1 pixel binning), 13MP ultrawide-angle camera as well as the Laser AF system.

Infinix note 12 vip

The new Note 12 VIP have 16MP selfie camera and XOS 10.6 software (based on Android 12) and run 8GB of real RAM and can enable 5GB of virtual RAM.

The device is housed by a 4,500mAh battery that supports 120W Hyper Charge technology.

The Infinix Note 12 VIP will be available soon in select regions at $300. You can visit the official site, which will guide you to a store near you.

Infinix Note 12 G96

The second device launched is the Note 12 G96 named after the Helio G96, a 12nm chipset (2x A76, 6x A55, Mali-G57 MC4).

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Infinix Note 12 G96

Infinix Note 12 G96 features a 6.7-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a 60Hz refresh rate. Under the hood, the smartphone is powered by MediaTek Helio G96 chipset paired with up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage. The smartphone runs on Android 12 OS out of the box.

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Infinix Note 12 G96

When it comes to camera, the device features a dual lens camera setup at the back with 50MP primary lens and a 2MP depth sensor. For video calls and selfies, the smartphone comes with a 16MP front-facing camera.

The Infinix Note 12 is housed by a 5,000mAh battery that supports 33W fast charging. The Infinix Note 12 (G96) will sell for $200. More details at the official site.

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