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Apple, Samsung sold fewer smartphones in 2018 — report

Huawei won the game, though

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2018 wasn’t a great year for smartphones in terms of sales, but not every company took a hit last year. According to the latest report by Gartner, the total number of devices sold in 2018 was 408.358 million, a 0.1 percent growth from 407.845 million. The biggest losers are Apple and Samsung, both in Q4 and the whole year.

Apple sold 11.8 percent fewer units during the holiday season compared to the same quarter in 2017. Samsung also sold fewer phones during the last quarter, but the South Korean company still managed to maintain a big gap from competitors.


According to the report, Apple is mostly affected in Greater China since buyers are now delaying their upgrades as they wait for bigger innovations. Alternatives are gaining popularity due to their cheaper prices as well.

While two of the biggest names in the industry suffered losses, Huawei, on the other hand, increased their sales and is now close in taking Apple’s coveted second spot. The Chinese tech giant managed to sell an additional 52 million phones in 2018.

Xiaomi and OPPO also gained a few extra millions of sales during the last quarter of 2018. Interestingly, Xiaomi was able to overtake OPPO for the whole year with a 7.9 percent market share versus 7.6 percent.

SEE ALSO: Apple users take longer to upgrade than before

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Modified Land Rover Discovery has an entire lab for malaria research

Bringing the lab straight to the field

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Car brands have been coming up with ways to fit more baggage inside a vehicle — be it groceries, full-size suitcases, or even surfboards. Those are all good and impressive, but this special vehicle from Land Rover just upped the ante. An entire research laboratory is now mobile thanks to the modified Discovery. Not only that, this lab on wheels is helping beat malaria.

Addressing the current malaria situation in Africa, the Mobile Malaria Project was conceived as a trans-African journey to work closely with smaller research groups. Through the mobile genetic sequencing laboratory tucked inside the mid-size SUV, they aim to extract and sequence parasite and mosquito DNA. In other words, they’re bringing the lab research directly to the field this time.


Embarking on this journey of Discovery (pun intended) are three researchers from Oxford University. They will be driving through different countries in Africa, gathering needed research and educating groups with limited resources along the way.

Packing all the lab equipment needed onto the luxury SUV was no easy feat, either. The team needed a small freezer to keep test supplies cool, a reliable power source to run said freezer 24/7, and storage space. These were successfully installed in the vehicle but some things (like the two rear seats) were needed to be taken out.

 

Additionally, the scientifically pimped-out Discovery was installed with awnings to cover the sides of the car. This way, researchers will be able to work around the vehicle while the hot African sun is above them or even when rainstorms are passing.

It’s a very interesting project with a very promising goal in mind. If you want to know more and get into the details, you may visit their page.

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OPPO Reno teaser creatively shows how they make their phones

Complete with dragons and shrinking lens

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Screenshot from teaser | Image credit: OPPO/Weibo

OPPO is set to have a new phone dubbed the Reno. It was the mystery phone that was demoed at MWC 2019 showcasing the impressive 10x lossless zoom. We were able to get our hands on one, but it was merely a prototype; it didn’t even have a final design.

While we wait for OPPO to unveil its new phone, we are presented with a teaser showing how Reno is created in the factories. Well, it’s not an actual factory video but a creative short ad showing the features of the phone.


The video was uploaded on OPPO’s Weibo page, but it’s also on YouTube courtesy of Sparrows News:

Exaggeration might be the word to describe the approach of the teaser, but it’s fun to watch anyway. Also, it gives us clues what to expect from Reno, including a 10x telephoto lens, a Snapdragon 855 processor, and a gorgeous display (probably AMOLED).

Rumor has it that Reno will come in both LTE and 5G variants. There are also talks about a “lite” version using a Snapdragon 710 chip and an uber-expensive Lamborghini Edition.

OPPO’s upcoming flagship phone will be announced on April 10. We’ll know more about it during the launch and it’s expected to be as premium as the Find X.

SEE ALSO: OPPO’s upcoming flagship stops by AnTuTu, confirms Snapdragon 855 chip

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Samsung Galaxy A70 offers extra-tall screen, long-lasting battery

Plus Samsung’s fastest charging

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On top of the well-received Galaxy S10 series, Samsung has been pushing midrange smartphones non-stop. We’ve been seeing a barrage of A- and M-series phones, with the former getting yet another member in its lineup.

Samsung’s newest upper-midrange phone is the Galaxy A70, and it comes with a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED screen with an extra-tall 20:9 aspect ratio; that’s close to what Sony offers with its latest Xperia line. As a bonus, the A70 has an under-display fingerprint scanner.


You’ll find a U-shaped notch on top which houses the generous 32-megapixel selfie camera. Equally plenty is the 32-megapixel rear camera that’s complemented by an 8-megapixel ultra-wide shooter and 5-megapixel depth sensor.

Since this is a rather large phone, Samsung equipped it with a 4500mAh battery that supports 25W fast charging — the fastest on any Galaxy phone to date. It’s not confirmed, however, which Exynos chipset the A70 comes with.

We also don’t have the pricing and availability yet for each configuration (ranging from 6GB to 8GB memory and 128GB storage), but there’ll be at least four colors to choose from: white, blue, black, and coral. They’ll appear on the 3D Glasstic back that’s become popular on the brand’s recent handsets.

Rumor has it that the Galaxy A70 will be officially unveiled along with a higher-end Galaxy A smartphone during an April 10 event. GadgetMatch will be present to confirm all this info and more. Stay tuned!

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