Xiaomi launched its budget phone Redmi 5A with the tagline #DeshKaSmartphone last year. The ultra-budget smartphone created a lot of buzz in the market and attracted a lot of budget users, especially in a price competitive market like India.
The device had 2 color variants – Gold and Dark Grey on its initial launch and the Chinese smartphone maker later introduced a Rose Gold variant in India.
The smartphone was a huge hit and the company managed to sell over 1 million smartphones within the first month. The company seems to have reached its goal of selling 5 million units because the low-end variant which was priced at Rs. 4,999 has now received a price hike. Xiaomi has restored the device to its original price Rs. 5,999.
— Redmi India (@RedmiIndia) March 11, 2018
This indeed is disappointing considering the sales of the device and the hype it created in the market. Now that the device has an extra 1000 bucks, the customers will have to reconsider the options before getting hands on to the Redmi 5A.
As far as the specifications are concerned, It features a 5-inch HD display with a resolution of 720×1280 pixels. Under the hood, it is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor clocked at 1.4 GHz. Two versions are available, which packs 2GB and 3GB RAM and internal storage with 16GB and 32GB respectively. The internal storage can be expanded up to 128GB via a dedicated microSD card slot.
In the camera department, there is a 13MP camera with f/2.2 aperture, LED flash, and PDAF in the rear and a 5MP camera in the front for selfies and video calling. It has 4G VoLTE support and has the sensors onboard consists of an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, and a proximity sensor. The Redmi 5A is powered by a 3000mAh battery. The phone currently retails on Flipkart & Mi Store and is also available on Mi Homes & Mi preferred partner stores.
Although they’re increased the prices of the phone, the company hasn’t explicitly stated that they sold 5 million units of the phone.
Xiaomi Redmi 5A Specifications
- 5 inch HD Display
- Snapdragon 425
- 2/3GB RAM
- 16/32GB internal storage
- 13MP rear camera/5MP front camera
- Android 7.1.1/MIUI 9
Xiaomi Touched The $1 Billion Profit Mark In 2017
When Xiaomi, the Apple of China went for IPO (Initial Public Offering), it was quite evident at that moment that the company was not in a perfect form to come up with a lot of innovative products and well they had a lot of hardships on their way already, if we look at the picture a few years back. Recently, some information regarding Xiaomi’s Pre-IPO financing state has been published on the web showing the company’s income, profits, users, valuations and market value data.
As per the report, Xiaomi had lost about $155 million in 2015, in turn, the comapny earned $145 million and then it was well speculated that Xiaomi will be valued more than a Billion soon, keeping in mind that the company was expanding very rapidly and Xiaomi MD Manu Kumar Jain even claimed to The Economic Times that the company’s revenue in India alone, will be more than a billion dollars. Till now, the profit rate is 6.5%, and the amount is $3 Billion next year, if the expectations match reality in 2019. Since 2016, Xiaomi’s net profit has reached a compound annual growth rate of 174 % taking 2019 into consideration
Now, looking back into the past we can see that Xiomi had a fairly tiny profit margin at only 2.8%, despite the fact that 79% of their profiles came from hardware only. And in 2017, the net profit rate exceeded 40%. It is estimated that Xiaomi’s revenue in 2017 is around $17.6 billion. In November 2017, Lei Jun publicly stated that it had completed a sales target of $15 billion. As of now, it is estimated that Xiaomi’s annual revenue will reach $38.2 Billion by 2019 and the company’s internet service revenue will contribute more than 50% into that revenue. As per the current data, Xiaomi is valued at $68 billion.
All of these shouldn’t come as a surprise as the company has been in rage recently in many markets including India, where they dethroned Samsung to be the #1 smartphone brand of the country. And the company is not showing any slowing down as their recent release, Redmi Note 5 Pro is also enjoying great public demand in the country.
Google Open Sources an AI tool That Can Take Portrait Pictures Like Pixel 2
Since the time Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2XL has launched, everyone is talking about the camera of both of these devices, even the recently launched Samsung Galaxy S9 & S9+ can’t match Pixel 2 in many areas. Also, there are lots of people who want know what is the secret behind the AI powered portrait mode. Well, the secrets are no more hidden, the tech giant has finally decided to make one of the camera secret an open source project.
The search engine giant has released the source code for the DeepLab-v3+ technology. This is an AI-based image segmentation technology which is kind of similar to that which helps the Pixel 2 phones to get that impressive portrait mode. The technology uses a neural network which helps the technology to detect the outlines of the foreground objects. Hence, as a result, the technology classify the main object that you would like to capture and ignores the rest of the elements which does not matter at all.
However, the release of the source code of the technology does not make sure that all camera apps will be able to achieve Google Pixel 2 like portrait mode. However, it does the job pretty well and at the same time it opens up the possibility. Also, according to Google, the phones are not the main point here. According to them, they are hoping to see that academics and industry figures both will adopt the technology and improve it in the future.
Google researchers also mentioned that the technology can be used for object detection and so many other things where spotting something is necessary. One more thing, this is not the exact same tech used in Pixel 2, but it’s similar and comes close.
So let’s just see in the future that how smartphone makers, as well as other tech farms, use the technology to make something innovative. However as Google has not revealed the main technology behind the Pixel 2 devices, so it is pretty obvious that no other smartphone maker will be able to launch the same thing in the near future.
Motorola to Debut 1000 Moto Hubs Across 100 Cities in India
This Tuesday Motorola has made an official announcement regarding their offline stores, it said that they will be setting up 1,000 Moto Hubs across 100 different cities in India. They made a target of 1000 stores as their first milestone so that they can strengthen their offline presence.
“The hubs could push revenue from offline channels to 50 percent of total sales over a period of time”
said Sudhin Mathur, Director of Motorola India.
However, Motorola is not time bounded and hence they do not have any definite timeline. Motorola strongly believes that they can achieve the next level of growth just through the offline channel. The company believes that two-third of the sales come through offline channels, but that isn’t the case.
In Kolkata alone, the company has opened 25 Moto Hubs this Thursday. Mathur also said that they might finish up setting all their Moto Hubs in the next 6 months.
All the Moto Hubs will be having the handsets, and also all the other accessories.Now talking about the other Moto devices, this year Motorola has planned to launch more handsets in the E, G and Z series. Sources have also recently revealed that Motorola has also discontinued the entire C series this year.
Could this be the reason why the Moto X5 launch has been canceled? Cost cutting to invest it somewhere else? What do you folks think?
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