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HTC Exits Indian Market! Might re-enter as an Online brand in Future

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HTC had once been known for their premium quality devices, but it has been facing a lot of pressure from fellow Chinese brands for a while. Fresh news has come that the company has decided to exit the offline market in India for now.

The phone manufacturer had already stopped manufacturing in India one year before. It has already asked 70-80 members of their team in India to leave the company premises. That being said, some exceptions like chief financial officer Rajeev Tayal will be continuing with the company.

Moreover, HTC has gotten done with all offline distribution agreements in the country. An HTC executive had informed us earlier that HTC might make a re-entry in the Indian market as an online-exclusive brand, but it won’t do so right now due to the Chinese brands dominating the market right now. HTC is struggling to make a profit in a lot of other markets too.

A spokesperson has said that HTC will be continuing selling their smartphones in India. It will be focusing on investing in specific segments at the right time.

For now, the company will be selling its virtual reality devices online. However, it will be a Taiwanese operation and won’t be large scale. The HTC spokesperson announced that more than 10 members are still working in HTC India and are providing maximum functionality.

However, it looks like HTC is running into a trap, with distributors planning to sue the company for late payment of dues and problems with stock in the trade pipeline. HTC had been distributed by Optiemus group in India and owes figures in crores right now.

The spokesperson commented that the company is working on it right now and are making sure that there is no disruption in providing customers quality service.

The company had fell by more than 50% this July, which made the company announce plans to lay off more than 20% of its total workforce. HTC has less than 1% sales in India right now, while Samsung, Apple and OnePlus has about 95% of the shares in the premium smartphone market.

Even though the company had launched a couple of models in India recently, sales have been negligible. Unless HTC finds a way to climb back, the future of the company is at stake.

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[UPDATE: Confirmed Not True] Xiaomi Might Stop Unlocking Bootloaders of their Phones.

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We’ve a brand new shocking story about Xiaomi devices, which can change the course of Xiaomi devices for ever if true.

Xiaomi might stop allowing boot loader unlock for their devices (for specific devices or all of them).

We’ve got our hands on a leaked internal screenshot of a chat with Chinese Xiaomi software team, by a Redmi Note 5/Redmi Note 5 Pro Dev. Take a look at it, and the translation of that is given below:

SIM card requirements, and need to wait for a certain period of time, the rules are as follows: 1, after binding the account and the device, 2018-08. 31 00:00:00 before the model to 15 days (360 hours) can be unlocked 2, All phones bound from 2018-08-31 00:00:00 need to wait for 15 days to adjust to 30 days. The waiting time for binding before this time is still 15 days. 3, for security reasons, prevent batches. Brushing, the waiting time is adjusted to 60 days for the user’s binding. 4.   From December 1st, 2018, the Bootloader unlock service will be closed.  For security reasons, it will be upgraded from the MIUI10 stable version and cannot be downgraded to 1 (except in special cases).

What it basically means is that, the bootloader unlock time might be extended to 30 days and from December 1st 2018, the bootloader unlocking will be closed.

Well, that is pretty shocking considering the fact that Xiaomi devices have historically got the most developer support in the industry. Their current phones such as Redmi Note 5 Pro & POCO F1 has one of the most active development community in XDA.

Now, this comes from a whyred dev (code name for Redmi Note 5 Pro/Redmi Note 5 Global Variant), so it is possible that this might be applicable only for Redmi Note 5 Pro only currently. It is not sure if it is applicable for other Xiaomi phones.

NOTE: This might not be true as we don’t have an official confirmation of the same from Xiaomi officials.

Also, we’re having different conflicting comments from dev communities in Telegram.

We’ll update here as soon as we’ve a confirmation.

 

UPDATE: Here’s what Mishaal Rahman got to say about the same:

So we can conclude this news might be false indeed.

UPDATE 2: MIUI ROM official twitter handle has tweeted this out now, take a look:

 

So yeah, the store was false indeed. We apologise for any confusion.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 8150 Benchmarked, Crushes Competition! Upcoming Mediatek P80

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Qualcomm is working to launch its newest Snapdragon flagship processor called the Snapdragon 8150. From this iteration, Qualcomm has changed its traditional naming conventions. In the modern tech industry, smartphones come equipped with AI capabilities for a variety of purposes including object recognition and classification, facial recognition, image deblurring, intelligent scene detection. Huawei’s own Kirin 980 was the leading chipset in terms of AI till date but the scenario is about to change very soon.

As we are familiar with benchmarking for testing the processor’s CPU and GPU capabilities, AI benchmarking is also becoming mainstream. According to benchmarking website AI-Benchmark, the newest Snapdragon 8150 takes the first place pushing Mediatek’s Helio P80 and Kirin 980 down. The processor scored a massive 22082 to make its way to the top of the leaderboard. The website has stated that the processor is currently running on a prototype hardware.

Take a look at the list released by AI-Benchmark:

Model CPU RAM Year Android AI-Score
Qualcomm 8150 Dev Platform Snapdragon 8150 6GB 2018 9 22082
Mediatek P80 Dev Platform Mediatek Helio P80 6GB 2018 9 19453
OnePlus 6 Snapdragon 845 8GB 2018 9 12274
Huawei Mate 20 Pro HiSilicon Kirin 980 (NPU) 6GB 2018 9 12026
Huawei Mate 20 X HiSilicon Kirin 980 (NPU) 6GB 2018 9 11803
Huawei Mate 20 HiSilicon Kirin 980 (NPU) 4GB 2018 9 11544
Huawei P20 Pro HiSilicon Kirin 970 (NPU) 6GB 2018 9 8921
Huawei P20 HiSilicon Kirin 970 (NPU) 4GB 2018 9 8908
Huawei Mate 10 Pro HiSilicon Kirin 970 (NPU) 6GB 2017 9 8824
Huawei Honor View 10 HiSilicon Kirin 970 (NPU) 6GB 2017 9 8723
Huawei Honor 10 HiSilicon Kirin 970 (NPU) 4GB 2018 9 8584
Huawei P20 Pro HiSilicon Kirin 970 (NPU) 6GB 2018 8.1 7833
Huawei P20 HiSilicon Kirin 970 (NPU) 4GB 2018 8.1 7691
Huawei Honor 10 HiSilicon Kirin 970 (NPU) 4GB 2018 8.1 7421
Google Pixel 3 XL Snapdragon 845 4GB 2018 9 6895
Google Pixel 3 Snapdragon 845 4GB 2018 9 6835
Xiaomi Mi 8 Snapdragon 845 6GB 2018 9 6746

 

The Snapdragon 8150 is expected to have an octa-core configuration with 1+3+4 setup. There will be only a single high-performance core coupled with three general purpose cores and four low-performance cores which efficiently save battery. We have seen leaks revealing Qualcomm’s plans to unveil the Snapdragon 6150 and 7150 by 2019 and the flagship 8150 is expected to be unveiled by December.

The latest processor is also rumored to be manufactured on the 7 nm process which other leading processors like Kirin 980 and Apple A12 Bionic are utilizing, making it the first ever Snapdragon processor to be manufactured using this technology.

Talking about Mediatek Helio P80, it’s an unreleased chipset from Mediatek and it stands just a level down the Snapdragon 8150, that is quite an achievement for Mediatek.

If these benchmarks reflect the actual performance of the processor when it actually launches, the AI performance of leading flagship devices coming out will get drastically improved as they are using Snapdragon chipsets. We should be aware that benchmarks are not everything and the actual real-world performance is what matters. We’ll have to wait till the processor gets unveiled to test out if it satisfies the expectations. Till then, stay tuned for updates.

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Xiaomi Permanently Drops Prices of RN5P, Mi A2 & Redmi Y2

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Xiaomi increased the prices of some of their devices few days ago, but now the company is permanently slashing the prices of three smartphones- Redmi Note 5 Pro, Mi A2 and Redmi Y2 to celebrate its number one spot for five consecutive quarters in the Indian market. According to the new International Data Corporation (IDC) report, the Chinese manufacturer has shipped 11.7 million units to become the top brand in India with a market share of 27.3 percent share in the third quarter of 2018.

Xiaomi issue a statement regarding this, which says:

We are delighted to share that we have seen a reduction in component costs of some of our best-selling phones. We were announced as the number one smartphone vendor in India for the fifth consecutive quarter

The company says that the new prices will come into effect across sales platform from 12 pm IST today. Due to the wake of changes in PCBA import taxes and the rupee value against the dollar, the price of the smartphones increased but the new price revision will certainly make the fans happy. Xiaomi is also set to launch the Redmi Note 6 Pro in India soon so the timing is impeccable.

The new revised prices are as follows:

  • Redmi Note 5 Pro (4GB + 64GB) which was previously priced at Rs 14,999 is now available at Rs 13,999.
  • Mi A2 (4GB + 64GB) which had a price of Rs 16,999 is now available for Rs 15,999.
  • Redmi Y2 (4GB + 64GB) which was previously priced at Rs 12,999 is now available at a cheaper price tag of Rs 11,999.
  • Redmi Note 5 Pro (6GB + 128GB) which was earlier priced at Rs 16,999 is now available for a price tag of Rs 15,999.
  • Mi A2 (6GB + 128GB) which actually came with a price tag of Rs 19,999, is now available at a price tag of Rs 18,000.
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