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Galaxy S9 & S9 Plus were the Global BestSellers in April 2018: Counterpoint

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The just-released Counterpoint’s Market Pulse April Edition Report indicates that Samsung is doing really good with its recently launched Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus smartphones. The report by the firm shows top ten global bestsellers for April month. As expected, the initial positions are occupied by flagships from Samsung and Apple, while Xiaomi rules the sixth and eighth positions.

The S9 and S9 Plus were the most selling smartphones, occupying 2.6% of the market shares throughout the globe. These two flagships from Samsung performed really well in North American and Asian Markets. Even though the Galaxy S9 was not a major upgrade over the S8, it beat the all-time popular Apple iPhone X in terms of the number of sales. The Galaxy S8 shares tenth spot with 1.3% due to whopping Cashback offers and price cuts done by Samsung after the launch of Galaxy S9, which helped Samsung in grabbing a good amount of Sales in flagship segment.

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The Apple iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone 8 hold the next three spots by a sales margin of  2.3%, 2.3% and 2.2% respectively. Surprisingly, even the older gen iPhone 6 and the iPhone 7 managed to grab the seventh and ninth spot with 1.4% sales each. The report says that the iPhone 7 still holds good in North America and the Asia Pacific regions.

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The entry-level budget offering from Xiaomi i.e. the Redmi 5A has been doing great since past times. It managed to outcross the Redmi Note 5 in terms of sales with 1.5% shares compared to 1.4% of the Redmi Note 5.

The list of top 10 shares is occupied by premium Flagships from Samsung and Apple in addition to ultra budget offerings from Xiaomi. This concludes that consumers are preferring either premium flagship devices or budget devices as of April 2018.

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Huawei working on Kirin 1020, said to be Twice as Powerful as Kirin 970!

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Huawei is one of the largest smartphone OEMs globally and has one of the largest R&D sectors as well. Similar to Samsung, Huawei ships most of its smartphones with its own, in-house manufactured HiSilicon Kirin chipsets. This not only maintains competition in the market and reduces dependence on other chip manufacturers, but also helps in cutting down the cost of the end product.

Their current flagship Kirin 970 SoCperforms great but is not capable of standing against the Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 chipset. For that, we already have rumours and leaks for the upcoming Kirin 980 which will be manufactured on the 7nm process by TSMC and is yet to debut with the upcoming Huawei Mate 20.

Now, even before the official release of Kirin 980, we are already getting hints of a much more powerful Kirin 1020 chipset. As per few inside sources, Huawei is already working on a new chipset named as Kirin 1020 which will have twice as much power than their existing Kirin 970 chipset.

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There was no other information provided except for the fact that the Kirin 1020 will be ready for powering their upcoming smartphones soon after the initiation of the first 5G network in China. Looking at the claims of the source, it seems that the Kirin 1020 will be the next gamechanger in the mobile industry and might be the most powerful smartphone chipset of its period as well. We will keep you updated further with the latest information, Stay tuned.

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Moto One Power Live Hands On Photos Leaked Online!

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Last month, it was revealed that Motorola One Power is coming soon, a Moto phone with Android One and finally, a quite modern design. And just two weeks ago, the specs of the Motorola One Power also leaked. Now, a few photos of the phone have leaked online which shows the phone in its full glory.

Some people may hate the design and looks, as Motorola has made it quite modern but added a notch and it’s not just a small one like Essential Phone or Lenovo Z5. The notch is quite big and houses the front-facing camera, LED flash, speaker, and sensors. The LED flash increased the size of the notch a bit but at the same time, it is beneficial to users as they will be able to capture selfies in low light.

Now, in the above image, the notch and the sensors, LED, camera, speaker are visible. Here it can be seen that despite the photo show Motorola One Power in the black color variant, the bezels on top aren’t quite thin. But let’s not just talk about the notch only.

This photo shows the right edge of the device where we can see the power button and the volume rockers, and hence, the SIM tray is placed on the left edge.

While we have seen the front which shows the display and the notch, there isn’t an image showing what lies at the bottom, below the display. As of now, we are not pretty sure whether the Motorola Batwing Logo Placed on the back is actually a fingerprint scanner or not. But it’s quite sure that if it is not the scanner, many Motorola fans will get angry because of the absence of dimple.

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On the back, a dual camera setup can be spotted along with the LED flash and the Moto branding, again it can not be totally confirmed whether it is really a scanner or not, though it kinda looks like a standard scanner. Now, the camera setup is quite familiar and resembles the camera module on the iPhone X. There are two sensors, placed into the module separated by a small gap where lies the dual tone LED flash.

On the back, at the bottom, there is the Android One branding which is a bit appealing to many as users whoever would grab the phone can have the peace of mind regarding Android updates and security patches, and enjoy a bloatware free Stock Android experience. At the bottom of the phone, there is the USB-C port, which is a good addition along with the speaker grille. But we don’t see a headphone jack there, so maybe there could be one at the top.

In terms of specifications, the Motorola One Power will sport a 6.2-inch screen. The phone will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB onboard storage. There is one 12MP and a 5MP lens on the back, and the selfie camera is an 8MP shooter. The phone will run Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box and will also get Android P as it is an Android One phone, the phone packs a considerable big 3780mAh battery.

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Motorola receives Patent for Foldable Smartphone which uses Heating Hinge

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After bezel less displays and notched displays, the next trend may be foldable display smartphones. Motorola becomes the latest manufacturer to file a patent for a foldable smartphones. The list is pretty big with manufacturers like Samsung, Huawei, OPPO, LG, Microsoft and many more.

The patent was filed way back in 2016 but is revealed now. As a foldable smartphone, it contains a hinge through which the smartphone can be folded. The schematics of the patented design reveals the presence of a temperature sensor and a heating element which can be activated to raise the temperature of the OLED panel around that area which will allow the display to return to its original position when there is some deformity.

The latest patent from Motorola describes a heat-based technology that helps in immediate repair of the flexible area when damaged. Even if the OLED panels are flexible, the constant folding may lead to deformities in the flexible area of the panel. The deformity though will not be permanent may lead to bad user experience. This is the reason why Motorola will be adopting the heat-based technology.

The patent also describes a special module that can track if the display is folded or not. Additionally there is a backup battery which powers the module so that it can keep track how much time the display is in folded state even when the device is switched off. If it crosses the limited time, the smartphone automatically enter recovery mode as soon as it is unfolded.

Yesterday some pictures were leaked showing Samsung Project V foldable smartphone which was scrapped back in 2016. Huawei is also reported to launched its own foldable smartphone towards the end of this year. So it seems the next year we will enter the era of foldable smartphones.

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