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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.

Counterpoint's Market Pulse April Edition

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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POCO F1 is now available Offline through all Mi Home stores!

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Xiaomi’s new sub-brand POCO launched their first smartphone POCO F1 back in August this year at price tag starting from Rs 20,999 in various online channels like Mi.com and Flipkart. We all thought the phone will be an online exclusive, but today, POCO made it official that the phone will be available offline through Mi Home stores all over India as well.

POCO announced via their official Twitter handle that the POCO F1 is available for purchase in India through offline stores like Mi Home Stores across the country. With this new move, the company wants to reach more consumers making it easy for the customers who want to touch and feel the smartphone before making a decision.

POCO F1 is a beast in its segment offering specs unlike any other alternatives. It features a 6.18 IPS LCD display with a resolution of FHD+ (2246 x 1080 pixels), an aspect ratio of 18:7:9. It is powered by top of the line Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC. It is coupled with 6GB/8GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB/256GB internal storage which can be further expanded by a microSD card.

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The device sports a dual camera setup in the rear consisting of a 12MP primary camera with f/1.9 aperture, dual pixel PDAF, 1.4µ pixel size and a secondary 5MP depth sensor while offering a 20MP camera on the front with f/2.0 aperture, 0.9µm pixel size and support for 1080p/30fps video recording.

The handset runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with MIUI 9.5 running on top which will be upgraded to MIUI 10 in future. It is backed by a 4,000 mAh Li-Po battery with QuickCharge 3.0 fast charging support. Connectivity options include LTE-A,4-Band carrier aggregation, Cat.16/13 (1Gbps/150Mbps), Bluetooth 5.0,USB-C, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Dual SIM, dual band GPS , FM radio and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Additional it comes with infrared face recognition, a rear mounted fingerprint sensor and stereo speakers.

POCO F1 specifications

  • 6.18 IPS LCD FHD+ display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  • 6GB/8GB of RAM
  • 64GB/128GB/256GB internal storage
  • 12MP + 5 MP rear
  • 20MP front
  • Android 8.1 Oreo with MIUI 9.5
  • 4,000 mAh Li-Po battery with QuickCharge 3.0 fast charging
POCO F1 is now available Offline through all Mi Home stores!
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Oppo Launches Hyper Boost Tech. Pretty Similar to GPU Turbo, but also works for Apps.

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With the increase in hardware power, smartphone manufacturers have turned to software acceleration technology as well. Huawei launched their GPU Turbo tech, which brought gaming acceleration to their phones. Now another Chinese manufacturer OPPO has announced its own acceleration engine called as Hyper Boost which they been teasing earlier this week.

The new technology is capable of achieving full scenario system-level performance optimization and improves the overall power efficiency of the device. The Hyper Boost acceleration engine is being self-developed by the company and includes system engine, game engine and application engine. The system is able to optimize the performance in three aspects of system, gaming and application.

The new technology also has a behaviour-aware scheduling (BAS) solution which has been developed independently by the company. This results in tuning the underlying hardware frequency to 0.2 milliseconds from the default frequency of 20 milliseconds Linux task scheduler. Not any that, it also implements system-level optimisation of hardware platforms and sends a technical feedback to the vendors.

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For the gaming department, the company has joined hands with Tencent, Netease and three other major gaming companies to optimize the top 100 games. Currently the company has adopted 11 of the most played games. For applications OPPO has optimised for applications like WeChat, mobile Taobao and mobile QQ. The company aims to combine the Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies to make the Hyper Boost more efficient and capable.

OPPO is also working on a 10 GB RAM OPPO Find X which will also be adopting this technology. It has received certification from regulatory agency TENAA.

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Oppo to Debut Hyper Boost Tech in October 11th. Their Version of GPU Turbo?

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Honor launched their gaming focussed GPU Turbo Technology back in June this year which was first featured in the Kirin 970 powered Honor Play. While, the company is rolling the GPU Turbo technology to other Huawei and Honor devices, a second version of the GPU Turbo Technology is already in development. This upcoming GPU Turbo 2.0 will be available with the latest Android 9.0 Pie based EMUI 9.0.

Another Chinese manufacturer Oppo today revealed that they’re going to launch a similar technology called Hyper Boost. As of now, there is no other information about this technology expect for its name. The company will officially unveil this technology in October 11 in Shanghai, China.  Like the Honor’s GPU Turbo technology, Oppo’s Hyper Boost technology is expected to improve graphics processing during gaming.

The upcoming Hyper Boost technology will be embedded with the company’s own customised ColorOS but it’s not confirmed whether the previously launch ColorOS powered devices will also get the update. If yes, the previous OPPO sub-brand Realme smartphones should also get the Hyper Boost tech as they run on ColorOS too. Other details regarding this feature will be revealed at the event which is scheduled to take place just a few days after.

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