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Apple Watch Series 4 is more popular than iPhone XS — analyst

Based on initial pre-orders

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Just a couple of days after the start of the pre-order for the new Apple iPhones and Watches, well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo already has a report providing an insight into how the new devices are doing. The new Apple iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and Watch Series 4 are not yet available in stores, but the pre-order numbers say a lot about the excitement of the fans.

Let’s put the good news first. It’s claimed that pre-orders for the Apple Watch Series 4 are doing “better than expected” which is probably due to the number of new features. The new smartwatch from Apple now sports a bigger display and has electrocardiogram support. The latest-generation wearable is expected to boost Apple Watch sales in the coming months to over 18 million units, and more than half of that will be the Series 4.

Prices of current iPhones from Apple

As for the new phones, Kuo claims that pre-orders for the iPhone XS are not doing well or simply “lower than expected.” Due to the lack of major changes and features from last year’s iPhone X, the new regular iPhone is off to a weak start. Sales forecast for the iPhone XS will be around 10 to 15 percent of the total iPhone shipments.

It also seems that the soon-to-be-available and cheaper iPhone XR has a role in iPhone XS’ popularity, as well as the bigger iPhone XS Max.

The iPhone XS Max is doing okay, especially in China where the dual-SIM capability and new gold color are popular among consumers. The estimate for the iPhone XS Max is between 25 to 30 percent of overall iPhone sales in the remaining months of 2018.

The upcoming iPhone XR is shaping up to be the most popular among the new iPhones with an estimated 55 to 60 percent share of the total iPhone shipments this year. Too bad the pre-order for the cheaper iPhone is still a month away.

Kuo estimates that the shipment peak of the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max will be in October, and the iPhone XR will start shipping and benefiting from supply chain momentum in October.

Via: MacRumors

SEE ALSO: Apple discounts iPhone 8 and 7, discontinues iPhone X, iPhone 6s, iPhone SE

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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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Huawei official confirms P30 Pro’s quad camera setup

Through a leaked photo

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Image source: Weibo

In a month, Huawei will finally launch the successful P20 series’ successor — the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro. Given last year’s success, the P30 series has some huge boots to fill. Thankfully, existing rumors are already painting a colorful portrait for us.

As the launch beckons just around the corner, Huawei has officially confirmed the series’ most highlighted rumor — the quad rear camera. Last year, the P20 Pro flaunted an amazing triple rear camera system. This year, leakers and rumor mills have speculated on one more camera. After much speculation throughout the past few months, a Huawei official has suddenly leaked the information himself.

On Chinese social network Weibo, Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group, posted an incredibly close-up shot of the recent full moon. As is standard with most Chinese smartphones, the photo came with an incriminating watermark.

Image source: Weibo

Strangely, Yu still tried to blur out the phone’s model. Despite the blur, the “Leica Quad Camera” label is blatantly clear. Further, the blur still doesn’t completely hide the starting letter, “P.” Obviously, the P20 series does not have the indicated quad camera setup. Also, the blur isn’t big enough to cover “Mate 20 Pro.” The P30 Pro is the only possible option.

Intentional or not, Yu’s leak is the biggest hype maker for the upcoming launch. If the P30 Pro can shoot moon shots like that, it will likely offer an enjoyable shooting experience. Regardless, the Huawei P30 series is only a month away. Huawei has a lot of momentum going into the launch.

SEE ALSO: Huawei is now accepting registrations for the P30 series in Singapore

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Nokia 6 and 2.1 get updated to Android 9 Pie

True to the promise

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HMD Global, the company that creates the new Nokia phones, is keeping their promise to users of the original Nokia 6 and the entry-level Nokia 2.1 by seeding the Android 9 Pie update according to schedule.

Both the Nokia 6 and Nokia 2.1 phones should start getting the sweet update to Google’s latest Android version. Like with any rollout, the process is done gradually; some users might have to wait for a bit to get theirs.

For the Nokia 6, the update weighs around 1.7GB and it also brings the latest February 2019 security patch. This is the phone’s second major version upgrade. It was released in 2017 with Android Nougat and got updated to Android Oreo last year.

The Nokia 2.1, on the other hand, gets the Android Pie (Go edition) since it’s a phone with 1GB of memory. The lightweight version of Android makes sure that things will run smoothly despite the limited memory and storage capacity.

Based on HMD Global’s schedule, the Nokia 3.1 Plus was supposed to receive Android Pie in January, but it was missed. The Nokia 3.1 and Nokia 5.1 are next in line for the update.

SEE ALSO: HMD Global shares Android Pie update roadmap for Nokia phones

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