Xiaomi Redmi 4A First Sale Sees 250,000 Units Sold in 4 Minutes on Amazon India, Mi.com

Xiaomi Redmi 4A’s first sale in India was on Thursday, starting at 12pm IST on both Amazon India and Mi.com. Now, the online marketplace and the Chinese consumer electronics company have announced that the sale set a record for the fastest smartphone sale on launch day in India.

Xiaomi Redmi 4A First Sale Sees 250,000 Units Sold in 4 Minutes on Amazon India, Mi.com

Across both Amazon India and Mi.com, the companies claim that 250,000 units of the Xiaomi Redmi 4A were sold within 4 minutes. Amazon India also said that during the period of the sale, it saw site-wide orders spike to a record 1,500 per second, and 5 million hits per minute. The online marketplace added that it received over 1 million ‘notify me’ alerts from customers.

Noor Patel, Director Category Management, Amazon India said, “We are thrilled to have witnessed such an overwhelming customer response for the Redmi 4A smartphone. We had over 1 million ‘notify me’ requests from customers. Smartphones have been a top selling category on Amazon.in and the phenomenal sale today reinforces our focus on expanding the selection and giving our customers the best to choose from.”

Raghu Reddy, Online Sales Head, Xiaomi India said, “We are pleased with the record sales of more than 250,000 units of Redmi 4A on Amazon and Mi.com. The device has much to offer to customers and it is the best in its price segment. Our Mi Fans are at the core of our business and their response to the sale has been tremendous. This is our most affordable smartphone to date and delivers on our brand promise of innovation for everyone.”

Sony Xperia Smartphone Images Leak Ahead of Monday’s MWC 2017 Launch

When Sony started sending media invites for its Xperia smartphone launch last month, it was speculated to launch at least two devices. Rumours however suggested later that Sony could launch five new Xperia smartphones at its launch event at the side-lines of MWC 2017 trade show in Barcelona – which kicks off at 8:30am CET (1pm IST). Now, we have been treated with four new images of Xperia smartphones – all of which are – expected to debut at the company’s Monday launch. Additionally, Sony’s rumoured Xperia XZ Premium was spotted in leaked image.

Sony Xperia Smartphone Images Leak Ahead of Monday's MWC 2017 Launch

The new leak comes from prolific tipster Evan Blass who tweeted out the four images on Sunday. We believe that Sony will be unveiling these four Xperia devices at MWC 2017. Unfortunately, the leaked devices weren’t named. But based on preliminary leaks, Sony is expected to launch two Xperia XZ range smartphones, which can be seen on the right. The third image in the leak (pictured in White) seems to be a successor to the Xperia XA. The fourth Sony Xperia device in the leaked image is unknown, and we will have to wait for Sony’s keynote on Monday.

Sony’s flagship Xperia smartphone is widely rumoured to feature the company’s new 3-layer stacked CMOS image sensor with DRAM for smartphones.

An earlier leak claimed a Sony device codenamed Pikachu to make debut soon, and we suspect that the fourth leaked image could be of it. Dubbed Pikachu, the new Sony smartphone was spotted in GFXBench benchmark listing with some innards details. According to the benchmark listing, the Sony Pikachu may feature 5-inch HD display and will be powered by a 2.3GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6757 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage. The alleged Sony Pikachu is said to run Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box and sport a 21-megapixel rear camera, which can be considered as a highlight of the device. The handset is also said to pack an 8-megapixel front camera.

In a separate leak, Xperia Blog has shared a leaked image claimed to show the Xperia XZ Premium. The rumoured Sony Xperia XZ Premium is likely to come with a 4K HDR display, Snapdragon 835 SoC, and a 20-megapixel camera sensor. The handset is seen featuring a Chrome mirror finish at the back. Some of the features expected to be present on the Xperia XZ Premium include 960fps slow-motion video recording, which is also the highlight of the new 3-layer stacked CMOS image sensor. The leaked image shows May 7 on the lock screen pointing that the handset may release on this date.

LG G6 With 5.7-Inch FullVision Display, Google Assistant Launched at MWC 2017

LG G6, the new LG flagship smartphone, has been unveiled at the company’s launch event at MWC 2017 in Barcelona on Sunday. The LG G6 follows the company’s ‘Less Artificial, More Intelligence’ theme.

LG G6 With 5.7-Inch FullVision Display, Google Assistant Launched at MWC 2017

Juno Cho, President of Mobile Communications Company, LG Electronics, at the company’s keynote stressed that the smartphone war isn’t about specifications but about usability. The LG G6 highlight is of course the presence of the Google Assistant, the first non-Google Pixel smartphone to sport the virtual assistant.

The LG G6 is the first LG phone launching with the new UX 6.0 while also sports 5.7-inch QHD+ FullVision display with a 18:9 (or 2:1) aspect ratio, which is longer and narrower than the current industry standard of 16:9. It packs a fingerprint scanner at the back.

Being called the Univisium aspect ratio, LG says cinemas, TV, and smartphones will all be moving towards this new 18:9 ratio. The company says that several apps in Google Play as well as content creators like Amazon are working to make content compatible for 18:9 aspect ratio which is being used on the LG G6. LG says the new UX 6.0 has been optimised for the new 18:9 aspect ratio on the LG G6.

The new flagship is touted to be the “first smartphone with supports Dolby Vision.” It also support HDR10 tech. The LG G6 is the first phone to come with Dolby Vision video support, and the Dolby confirmed that there are about 90 movies with Dolby Vision already available. Imangi Studios at the keynote announced Temple Run 2: Lost Jungle that it says has been optimised for the 18:9 aspect ratio, adding LG G6 users will get 650,000 in-game coins, enough to unlock all characters and powerups.

Talking about usability, the company at the LG keynote stressed that the LG G6 body width is 72mm (minimum body width 67mm). The company said that the bottom bezel size which is important for handling the phone is above 7.5mm offering more reliability while using the handset with just one hand, and reducing drop chances. LG also fit a 5.7-inch display in a smartphone with body meant for a 5.2-inch display, further helping grip the large screen smartphone.

At the keynote, LG confirmed that the LG G6 will come with a G6 Game Collection promotion which will be free for the buyers and will offer in-game content with a retail value of up to a total of $200 for six games including Temple Run 2, Spider-Man Unlimited, Crossy Road, SimCity BuildIt, Cookie Jam and Genies & Gems – on Google Play.

The LG G6 specifications include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, and a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC (digital to analogue converter) for enhanced audio playback. Its 5.7-inch FullVision display bears a QHD+ (1440×2880 pixels) resolution with a pixel density of 564ppi. It will be available in two storage options – 32GB and 64GB. The LG G6 will support expandable storage via microSD card (up to 2TB). It comes with a dual rear camera setup with two 13-megapixel sensors – one for wide-angle shots with 125-degree lens and f/2.4 aperture, and the other for regular shots with 71-degree lens and OIS 2.0. At the front, the smartphone sports a 5-megapixel wide-angle lens with f/2.2 aperture and 100-degree lens. At the keynote, LG also showcased its new Square Grid feature for the camera while also confirmed that the front camera comes with autofocus.

The LG G6 battery has a capacity of 3300mAh, and is non-removable, which is a departure from the company’s previous policy of offering a removable battery on its flagship handsets. The battery capacity on the G6 is almost 500mAh more than on the LG G5.

At the keynote, the company stressed that the handset packs extra safety measures including a copper heatpipe to better dissipate heat. It also supports Quick Charge 3.0. LG G6 runs Android 7.0 Nougat with the company’s brand new UX 6.0 and also is the first non-Pixel phone with Google Assistant. It weighs in at 163 grams, and measures 148.9×71.9×7.9mm, impressively compact for a 5.7-inch smartphone. The new LG G6 smartphone comes with an IP68-rating for dust and water resistance.

LG G6 will support LTE-A 3 Band CA network while will come with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v4.2, NFC, and USB Type-C 2.0 connectivity options. It will be available in Astro Black, Ice Platinum, and Mystic White.

Apple crosses Samsung in smartphone market, helped by the Note7 debacle

Apple has regained the top place in the smartphone market helped by the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, while rival Samsung Electronics grappled with the recall of its flagship Galaxy Note7 over overheating batteries, according to a research firm.161214 apple newyork

The iPhone maker shipped 78.3 million smartphones in the fourth quarter for a market share of 17.8 percent in comparison to 77.5 million smartphones shipped by Samsung, which had a market share of 17.7 percent, Strategy Analytics said Tuesday.

For the full year, Samsung was the clear winner with shipments of 309.4 million smartphones to Apple’s 215.4 million, in part because Apple saw shipments of the iPhone drop in recent quarters.

Apple said earlier on Tuesday that it had sold more iPhones than ever before and set all-time revenue records for the device as well as the Mac, Apple Watch and its services business. For its fiscal 2017 first quarter ended Dec. 31, 2016, Apple said iPhone shipments were up by about 5 percent by units from the same quarter in the previous year. Revenue from phones was up 5 percent year-on-year at around $54 billion.

The upside for Apple in the smartphone market going forward will be limited unless the company comes up with revolutionary new smartphone designs to address a market that is suffering iPhone fatigue, wrote Neil Mawston, executive director at Strategy Analytics, in an email. Apple “received an expected bonus from Samsung’s Note7 fiasco in the fourth quarter of 2016,” and was able to pick up some Samsung customers and this helped lift its volumes, he added.

Samsung said this month that some 3 million Note7 phones were affected by the recall.

A significant part of Samsung’s shipments consists of budget smartphones that the company ships to price-sensitive markets like India. Apple has tried to reach such customers by offering earlier models at lower prices and has recently tried to get permission from the Indian government for the import and sale of refurbished phones.

Strategy Analytics estimates that one in four of Samsung’s global smartphone shipments were low-end models in the fourth quarter, Mawston said. Samsung is the world’s biggest low-end smartphone vendor and has a strong presence in low-end smartphones across Africa, Asia, and Latin America, he added.

Overall smartphone shipments grew in the quarter at 9 percent to 438.7 million units, Strategy Analytics said. Growth for the full year was 3.3 percent with close to 1.5 billion smartphones shipped in the year. “Smartphone growth is recovering slightly due to stronger demand in major developing markets like China and Africa,” said Linda Sui, director at Strategy Analytics, in a statement.

Three Chinese vendors—Huawei, Oppo and Vivo—followed Apple and Samsung in the top five ranking, with Huawei leading the pack with a 10 percent market share in the quarter. This is the first time Huawei has posted double digit market share, the research firm said.

LG X Power With 4G VoLTE Support, 4100mAh Battery Launched

LG X Power With 4G VoLTE Support, 4100mAh Battery Launched at Rs. 15,990

  • Smartphone comes with PE+technology for faster charging
  • The smartphone sports a 5.3-inch HD display
  • It is available in Black and Gold colours

LG on Thursday launched its 4G VoLTE-enabled X Power smartphone in India, priced at Rs. 15,990. It will be available for sale “pan India in a day or two”, the company said, in Black and Gold colour variants.

The LG X Power, which runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, is a dual-SIM smartphone. It sports a 5.3-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) In-Cell Touch display, and is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6735M processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. It comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable via microSD card.

In terms of optics, the LG X Power comes with a 13-megapixel rear camera, tagged with LED flash, and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera for taking selfies. The smartphone houses a large 4100mAh battery. The connectivity options for the smartphone include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS, and Bluetooth 4.1. The smartphone measures 148.9×74.9×7.9mm and weighs 139 grams.

The smartphone comes with PE+technology, which helps the smartphone to charge at a faster rate, the company claims. “Its Fast Charging technology PE+ makes it almost [twice as fast to charge compared to] other batteries,” the company said in its release. Other features of the phone auto shot, the film effect, the gesture selfie, the quick share, the company said.

“We are relentless in our pursuit to ensure that all our products enable peoples’ life to become easier, efficient and help them work smarter. Today in India, we all are witnessing the 4G LTE evolution at a very fast pace and this technology brings excessive use of videos, music, streaming etc., which are battery consumption intensive features. Keeping in view of consumer’s needs, LG XPower brings huge 4100mAh battery that runs longer under heavy multimedia use,” Marketing Head – LG Mobiles, Amit Gujral, was quoted as saying in the release.

LG X Power

LG X Power

  • KEY SPECS
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Display

5.30-inch

Processor

1.3 GHz quad-core

Front Camera

5-megapixel

Resolution

720×1280 pixels

RAM

2GB

OS

Android 6.0

Storage

16GB

Rear Camera

13-megapixel

Battery Capacity

4100mAh

Lenovo, Xiaomi See Gains in Indian Smartphone Market in Q3 2016

Lenovo, Xiaomi See Gains in Indian Smartphone Market in Q3 2016: Canalys

  • Micromax, Intex & Lava have seen a downfall in their smartphone shipment
  • Lenovo displaced Micromax to take the second spot in terms of shipments
  • Xiaomi has reached the number four spot in terms of shipments

According to a market research firm, the Indian smartphone market in Q3 2016 experienced a 20 percent year-on-year growth in terms of shipments, growing to 30 million units. Samsung grew along with the market, and retained a lead of just over 20 percent. Other manufacturers like Micromax, Intex, and Lava have seen a slump in their shipments in the country whereas Chinese mobile giants – Lenovo and Xiaomi have climbed to get the second and fourth positions respectively.

Canalys on Tuesday published its report for Q3 2016 smartphone shipments in India, giving an insight into the smartphone growth in the country. Lenovo has ousted Micromax from the second spot, and the research firm cites an increase in offline sales as the reason for its growth in shipments. Micromax stands at the third spot. Xiaomi, on the other hand, has reached the number four spot, thanks to an increased number of shipments – a 170 percent growth year-on-year, and more than double when compared to the previous quarter. Canalys says this was the company’s strongest quarter yet in India, in terms of shipments.

Canalys Analyst, Rushabh Doshi, says, “Lenovo’s focus on offline channels and Xiaomi’s move away from being an online-only vendor have clearly helped.”The number of smartphones that support 4G LTE are increasing in the country, with almost every manufacturer increasing its 4G portfolio. The new entrants like Lyf have also climbed to gain good positions on the ladder, with Lyf itself holding the fifth position. The advent of recently-launched Reliance Jio has shot up the 4G smartphone market in India, among other reasons to boost up to the new statistics.

Doshi adds, “Indian consumers are increasingly looking past local players’ smartphones in favour of international brands. There is ongoing portfolio consolidation as local players change their product strategies, emphasizing the 4G-enabled models that are now becoming mainstream. Besides having a strong LTE portfolio, channel strategy is increasingly important for smart phone success… ‘Despite its smartphone shipments halving, Micromax held onto third place, but it is coming under pressure from Xiaomi and fifth-placed Lyf.”

In a related news, India is also predicted to reach 1 billion unique mobile subscribers by 2020, as per a latest report published by GSMA at an event in Gurgaon. The 4G connections in the country are also forecast to grow rapidly, growing from just three million at the end of 2015 to 280 million by 2020, the report says.

Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro With 6GB of RAM, 16-Megapixel Front and Rear Cameras Official

Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro With 6GB of RAM, 16-Megapixel Front and Rear Cameras Official

  • The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro comes with 6GB of RAM
  • It has 16-megapixel front and rear cameras
  • The Galaxy C9 Pro is priced at CNY 3,199 on Samsung’s China store

After being listed online ahead of its launch, the Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro smartphone has officially been unveiled in the Chinese market. Packing a humongous 6GB of RAM, the Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro is a mid-range smartphone, which will be available via Samsung’s China store starting November 11, with the pre-orders having already started. The Galaxy C9 Pro is priced at CNY 3,199 (roughly Rs. 31,700).

The specifications of the Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro are similar to what surfaced on Friday. The dual SIM (Nano+Nano) 4G-enabled Galaxy C9 Pro runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box. It is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 SoC, with four cores clocked at 1.95GHz and the rest at 1.4GHz. In a first for the company, Samsung has equipped the device with 6GB of RAM. The smartphone has a 6-inch full HD (1080×1920) AMOLED display.

For photography, the Galaxy C9 Pro packs a 16-megapixel camera on both front and rear. The rear 16-megapixel camera comes with an aperture of f/1.9 and a dual-LED flash. The selfie camera too has the same aperture sans the flash module. The smartphone packs inbuilt storage of 64GB that is expandable via a microSD card (up to 256GB).

The Galaxy C9 Pro has a fingerprint scanner mounted on its physical home button. The smartphone packs a 4000mAh battery with fast charging support. Apart from 4G LTE, the connectivity options on the Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro include Bluetooth v4.2, Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n), GPS, Glonass, Beidou, NFC, USB Type-C, and a 3.5mm audio jack.

The Galaxy C9 Pro measures 162.9×80.7×6.9mm and weighs in 189gm.

Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro

Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro

Display

6.00-inch

Processor

1.44GHz

Front Camera

16-megapixel

Resolution

1080×1920 pixels

RAM

6GB

OS

Android 6.0

Storage

64GB

Rear Camera

16-megapixel

Battery capacity

4000mAh

 

Mobiles News Zopo Color F5 Launched Price, Specifications, and More

Zopo Color F5 Launched: Price, Specifications, and More
The smartphone is already available for purchase
Zopo Color F5 has been priced at Rs. 10,590
The phone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Zopo has announced the launch of Color F5 smartphone, successor to the Oppo Color F1. The dual-SIM Oppo Color F5 comes with 4G LTE connecting and runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It is priced at Rs. 10,590 and is already available for purchase.

Zopo Color F5 sports a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display. The smartphone is powered by a quad-core MT6737 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. It comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable up to 64GB via microSD card. In terms of optics, the smartphone comes with an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel camera at front for taking selfies, both of which are tagged with dual LED flash. The smartphone houses a 2100mAh battery.

The device measures 144x 72.3x 8.5mm and is available in colours Gold, Black, and White. Zopo Color F5 comes with a fingerprint scanner and features a multi-account application and picture-in-picture video integration.
“The Color series has been our most successful product chain in India. Therefore, with the launch of our Color F5 smartphone, we hope to maintain our position in the Indian market as a brand that provides highly featured, innovative products to its customers at competitive prices – without compromising on quality,” company’s spokesperson was quoted as saying in its press release.

Zopo Color F5 Zopo Color F5
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NEWS
Display
5.00-inch
Processor
quad-core
Front Camera
5-megapixel
Resolution
720×1280 pixels
RAM
2GB
OS
Android 6.0
Storage
16GB
Rear Camera
8-megapixel
Battery capacity
2100mAh

Apple Supplier Laird’s Stock Nosedives on ‘Brutal’ Price Competition

Apple Supplier Laird's Stock Nosedives on 'Brutal' Price Competition

  • Apple supplier Laird blamed ‘brutal’ competition from Asian rival for dip
  • Laird makes materials that protect phones from heat & interference
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recall did not have much impact on Laird

Laird Plc dropped the most on record in London trading after the supplier to Apple pared its outlook, citing “brutal” price competition from Asian parts providers and sluggish demand from the mobile industry.

Laird tumbled as much as 50 percent and was down 49 percent at 149.8 pence, at 9:15 in London.

“The acceleration of production for mobile devices has come much later than in previous cycles and visibility on volumes remains poor,” the company said in a statement. “In addition, we have experienced increased margin pressure due to unprecedented pricing pressures and some operational factors.”

Competitors based in Asia are driving down prices, leading to continuous rounds of negotiations with customers, Chief Executive Officer Tony Quinlan said on a conference call.

The London-based company, which makes materials that protect smartphone parts from heat and interference, predicted annual pretax profit of about 50 million pounds ($61 million) amid a “very challenging trading performance” in its Performance Materials division. That was about 32 percent below the average analyst estimate.

‘Big Customer’
Quinlan declined to name Apple on the call, referring only to the company’s “big customer.” Apple’s website lists Laird as a supplier.

Revenue in the third quarter was up 29 percent to 207 million pounds, but that was lifted by acquisitions and by favorable currency conversion rates after the U.K.’s vote to leave the European Union. On an organic basis at constant rates, sales were down 4 percent.

Former Laird CEO David Lockwood left in August to take the top job at defense contractor Cobham Plc, and he was replaced by Quinlan, the former chief financial officer.

After a weak first half, Laird said it had expected an improvement that did not materialize. Apple said in July that it sold 40.4 million iPhones in the three months ended June 25, down 15 percent from a year earlier and 21 percent from the previous quarter. Rival Samsung has been roiled by problems with its Galaxy Note 7 phone, which it stopped making after a number of the devices caught on fire.

The problem with the Note 7 “hasn’t helped,” Quinlan said, though the impact on Laird has been “relatively” small.

 

Carrying a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on a Flight? Be Ready to Face Fine

Carrying a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on a Flight? Be Ready to Face Fine

Airline passengers who try to carry Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones on flights will have them confiscated and may face fines under an emergency US order that significantly expands restrictions on the devices linked to almost 100 incidents of overheating and fires.

The devices won’t be allowed aboard passenger or cargo aircraft even if they’ve been shut off, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration announced Friday. Flight restrictions will be extended to each of the 1.9 million Galaxy Note 7s sold in the US starting at noon New York time on Saturday.

 

“We recognize that banning these phones from airlines will inconvenience some passengers, but the safety of all those aboard an aircraft must take priority,” US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement. “We are taking this additional step because even one fire incident in flight poses a high risk of severe personal injury and puts many lives at risk.”

Samsung on Tuesday said it was halting production and sales of the device following the latest spate of smoke, overheating and fire incidents in what was supposed to be a version that replaced a faulty lithium-ion battery with a safe one. The company estimates the crisis will cost it $5.3 billion in profits.

Criminal prosecution
The government urged passengers not to side-step the order. “Passengers who attempt to evade the ban by packing their phone in checked luggage are increasing the risk of a catastrophic incident,” the DOT said in a release. “Anyone violating the ban may be subject to criminal prosecution in addition to fines.”

People in the midst of travel who have the phones were urged by the government to contact Samsung or their wireless carrier “immediately” to arrange for a replacement phone.

The government now considers the Galaxy Note 7s “forbidden hazardous material” under US law. Anyone observed with one of the phones will be prohibited from boarding an aircraft, the release said.

Airlines and an industry trade group were notified of the impending ban by the FAA on Friday.

 

CPSC recall
Samsung is working with US officials and airlines to notify owners of the phone about the emergency order, SungIn Cho, a spokeswoman for Samsung Electronics America, said in an e-mail.

“We have encouraged airlines to issue similar communications directly to their passengers,” Cho said. “We realize this is an inconvenience but your safety has to remain our top priority.”

The action by aviation regulators follows the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s announcementon Thursday it was almost doubling the number of Galaxy Note 7 phones covered under a US government-sanctioned recall. The consumer agency has received 96 reports of overheating batteries in the US, including 23 since the first recall was announced on September 15.

At least 13 people reported being burned by the devices and in 47 cases there was damage to property, according to the consumer agency.

 

American Airlines
Consumer agency Chairman Elliot Kaye on Friday also renewed calls to consumers to take advantage of the recall.

“The fire hazard with the original Galaxy Note 7 and with the replacement Galaxy Note 7 is simply too great for anyone to risk it and not respond to this official recall,” Kaye said in the Transportation Department statement. “I would like to remind consumers once again to take advantage of the remedies offered, including a full refund. It’s the right thing to do and the safest thing to do.”

For passengers who arrive at the airport with a Galaxy Note 7, and can’t return it to their car or hand it to someone not flying, American Airlines will place the device in an area for storage of hazardous materials. The person can reclaim it after the trip, said Ross Feinstein, a spokesman for the carrier.

The airline also is updating announcements for passengers checking baggage, before clearing security, at airport gates and on board planes about the ban, he said.

Aviation regulators in September ordered passengers and airline crews to power off any recalled Galaxy Note 7s that were carried aboard flights and forbid the devices from being charged. The Galaxy Note 7s were also prohibited from checked bags.

The expanded action completely bans the devices from all airline flights and applies to all smartphones covered by the latest recall.

Cargo carriers
FedEx and United Parcel Service, two major delivery services in the US, had already said they wouldn’t ship the phones via planes, restricting them to ground vehicles. The devices also have to be packed in special boxes designed to safely house recalled batteries.

Delta Air Lines is adding special containment bags for phones or other electronic devices that overheat or catch fire to at least some of its aircraft, the carrier said on a conference call Thursday. Southwest Airlines Co. is in the process of selecting a vendor for similar bags and hopes to have them on its planes in early 2017, spokeswoman Lori Crabtree said Friday. Sydney-based Qantas Airways Ltd. said Saturday it had banned Samsung Note 7 phones from all its flights.

Lithium-based batteries power millions of devices, from smartphones and laptops to power tools. They hold enough energy to create heat and sparks if they fail, which can ignite the highly flammable chemicals inside.

The initial wave of Galaxy Note 7 failures were linked to batteries made by one of two suppliers to Samsung. The cells had been squeezed into a container pouch so tightly that when they were installed in the phones they became pinched, damaging the interior. That led to short circuits that triggered the failures, Kaye said in September.

More recent incidents involving replacement phones containing batteries built by a second manufacturer appear to result from a different flaw, a person familiar with discussions between government agencies and Samsung told Bloomberg.

Samsung Galaxy Note7

Samsung Galaxy Note7

Display

5.70-inch

Processor

1.6GHz

Front Camera

5-megapixel

Resolution

1440×2560 pixels

RAM

4GB

OS

Android 6.0.1

Storage

64GB

Rear Camera

12-megapixel

Battery capacity

3500mAh