This year at Mobile World Conference there were many smartphones launched which have stolen the show, and for the very first time, the Android Go Edition devices were showcased at the MWC, including devices such as Nokia 1 and Lava Z50 both of which are lined up for their launch here in India.
Hands down, without any doubt these devices tend to be a game changer in a developing markets like India. These devices come with a lighter OS and Google has optimized this for a for a smooth using even though the device is running on lower specifications.
There is one single brand which has played a major role in building the Android Go Devices, its none other than the Taiwanese chipset maker MediaTek, this is because all the Android Go Devices are powered by the MediaTek chipset. The brand has also recently announced its own flagship, the Helio P60 SoC.
The main motto of both Google and MediaTek is to make sure that all the consumers who are using a featured phone shall soon start using a smartphone.
Mediatek had this to say:
“Android Go has two configurations for DRAM: 512MB RAM and 1GB RAM. Quite a few manufacturers launched Android Go devices here in Barcelona and what’s interesting is that all of them are powered by 1GB of RAM. In the second wave, a lot of brands can be expected to launch phones with 512MB RAM at even lower price points. Such devices will ensure that the price gap between feature phones and smartphones is reduced.“
Though the device scomes with a cheaper price tag, there is no much compromise in the overall experience with this device. Now if you are wondering why are the Android Go devices comparatively cheaper, then well this is because the device comes in two different configurations for DRAM which is 512MB and 1GB of RAM.
There are a set of manufactures who are launching these devices with 1GB of RAM, and the others tend to launch the same device with 512MB of RAM, hence slightly lesser price tag than the 1GB variant.
According to IDC, Xiaomi is #1 in India for Consecutive 4th Quarter!
As we already know the battle between the smartphone brands especially Samsung and Xiaomi is very intense for the top spot in the Indian market, while Xiaomi tries to maintain its top spot, Samsung looks to gain back its lost spot as the biggest smartphone vendor in the Indian market.
Now According to a new report by IDC, Xiaomi maintained its number one position in Q2 of 2018 as the top smartphone vendor in India as it shipped a total of 33.5 million units and these increased number of shipments represent strong 20% a year per year growth.
Xiaomi shipments came majorly from online sales which account for more than 56% shipment while only 33% came through offline channels
The report also mentions the top 5 vendors of the second quarter of the year, while Xiaomi retains it spot for number one, which makes it fourth consecutive quarter for xiaomi to emerge as top leader with 29.7% market share followed by Samsung with 23.9, Vivo with the great performance got to 3rd with 12.6% share, Oppo at fourth with 7.6 and the 5% occupied by the home grown companies such as Inflix, itel etc.
It is to be noted that Honor, sub-brand from Huawei which climbed to the second position in the online segment with all time high of 8% share and is giving tough competition to both Xiaomi and Samsung for the top spot.
Although Samsung did manage to make up some shares in the last quarter with a year-on-year growth of 47% and with 30% share, Xiaomi has been progressing way faster with a growth rate of 107.6, while Samsung is progressing with much lesser growth rate. Vivo and Oppo have market shares of 11% and 10%, where Vivo has maintained a good growth rate of 32% by shipping 3.6 million phones. Oppo falls behind a bit.
As the per the earlier report by another research firm Canalys which showed that both the companies shipped 9.9 million smartphones in Q2 2018, which is conflicting with this new report. Another report from Counterpoint Research also claimed that Samsung has surpassed Xiaomi in Q2 2018 to reclaim #1 spot. So we’re really not sure which of these reports are the most accurate one, but one thing is for sure, Xiaomi is here to stay and is only seeing growth in it’s sales chart.
Also, Xiaomi’s India head Manu Kumar Jain had this to say on Twitter:
#Xiaomi continues to be the #1SmartphoneBrand in India for the 4th consecutive quarter! one year of market dominance! 💪@IDC‘s Q2 report: @XiaomiIndia was once again #1 smartphone brand in India with 29.7% share. ~1 out of 3 smartphones sold in India are Xiaomi devices. (1/4) pic.twitter.com/60xEJ04p6b
— Manu Kumar Jain (@manukumarjain) August 13, 2018
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Prices in India starts at Rs.67,900! Already up for Pre-Order Now.
Samsung has unveiled the all-new Galaxy Note 9 yesterday an event held in New York. The fans were wondering about the Indian pricing as the global pricing touched the $1000 mark. Now, the company has officially disclosed the pricing of Galaxy Note 9 India.
The base variant of the Galaxy Note 9 with 6/128GB configuration is priced at Rs 67,900 while the top end variant with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of onboard storage is set for Rs 84,900 in the country. It is priced almost similar to the launch price of the Galaxy Note 8, which might be a result of poor performance of the Galaxy S9 & S9 Plus, in terms of sales.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 features a 6.4-inch QuadHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Display in an 18.5:9 aspect ratio, protected with Gorilla Glass 5.
The phone will be powered by Exynos 9810 SoC as of India. Furthermore, it comes in 6/128GB and 8/512GB RAM and Storage Configurations.
For photography, the Galaxy Note 9 gets an optically stabilized 12-megapixel primary shooter with a variable aperture of f/1.5 to f/2.4 coupled with a secondary 12-megapixel f/2.4 telephoto lens for 2X optical zoom. At the front, we have an 8-megapixel with f/1.7 aperture shooter for Selfies.
Other major highlights include the upgraded S pen with Bluetooth support and a large 4000mAh battery. For more detailed specifications, read here.
POCO India goes Official! Jai Mani of Xiaomi to Lead the Brand.
Almost every detail of the Xiaomi’s upcoming Pocophone F1 is known to the public with recently leaked specs and an unboxing video surfacing online. Jai Mani, Lead Product Manager at Xiaomi revealed today he’s working on their upcoming sub-brand POCO India. Xiaomi India has also retweeted the post and it looks like the Pocophone F1 will be the first smartphone from the brand In India.
— Jai Mani (@jaimani) August 9, 2018
— Mi India (@XiaomiIndia) August 9, 2018
Since Xiaomi will bring the first smartphone under the POCO brand in India, it is also likely to release more phones in the country. Though the company didn’t provide any reason as to why it will debut the POCO series in India, but the popularity of the Xiaomi’s Redmi Series should hold a clue as they dethroned Samsung to become the top brand in Q4 2017 and Q1 2018.
The Premium flagship series smartphones haven’t got that popularity as the Redmi series, Xiaomi is not giving up its hopes. After the failure of the Mi Mix 2 in the Indian market, the company is yet to make plans for the Mi Mix 2S & Mi 8 in the country. They plan to turn this around by the launch of their new brand which comes with top-notch specs.
The Pocophone F1 comes with a top notch and a lower chin bezel. As for the specs, the device will feature 6.18 inch IPS display with a resolution of FHD+ (2246 x 1080 pixels) and an aspect ratio of 19:9. Under the hood, it will be powered by a powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset along with Adreno 630 GPU coupled with 6GB RAM and 64GB or 128GB internal storage with expandable options via microSD. It will be equipped with a liquid cooling system to keep the device’s temperature down.
The rear will sport an AI powered dual camera setup of 12MP + 5MP with f/1.75 aperture along with an LED flash, dual autofocus, Dual Pixel. It offers a 20MP camera sensor at the front which also comes with AI technology, Super Pixel Technology and Face Unlock. It will be backed by a 4,000 mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 3.0 technology with a 9V/2A charger. It will come with a 3D face scanner that works in pitch-dark conditions.
Xiaomi Pocophone F1 is speculated to come with a price tag of 420 Euros (Rs 31,500 approx). As for the launch date, the company is yet to give an official word but it is expected to debut in Europe next month and in India by October.
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