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Huawei overtakes Samsung as world’s largest smartphone vendor

Can it continue leading though?

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Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei overtakes Samsung to become the world’s largest smartphone vendor for the first time. A report by analysis firm Canalys has confirmed that Samsung’s sales slumped in the second quarter of 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

While even Huawei was affected due to the pandemic, sales fell just 5 percent year-over-year. In the end, Huawei shipped 55.8 million devices in the quarter. Samsung, on the other hand, fell drastically by 30 percent and shipped 53.7 million units.

“This is a remarkable result that few people would have predicted a year ago,” Canalys senior analyst Ben Stanton said in a statement. “If it wasn’t for COVID-19, it wouldn’t have happened.”

The report is quite shocking because Huawei is currently barred from using Google Mobile Services on its phones due to the ongoing trade embargo by the US. Despite the shortcomings, the brand has a strong presence in its home market of China and other developing markets of Asia. Although, Huawei and its sub-brand Honor are losing grip of the developing markets gradually.

Huawei is a leading smartphone maker and has invested tens of billions in the next-generation 5G era. Due to rising security concerns, it’s facing a hard time establishing its business in Western countries.

On the smartphone side, it’s working on creating a new mobile operating system called Harmony OS. Currently, all phones ship with Huawei Mobile Services and a suite of apps that act as a backup for the missing Google ones.

The future looks uncertain for the Chinese giant and with the current geopolitical scenario, it’ll be hard for the brand to continue its dominance in the smartphone space.

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Xiaomi confirms it will keep free chargers

But will reduce plastic waste by 60 percent

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Following Apple’s controversial iPhone 12 launch event, competing brands released their own digs against the iPhone maker’s decision to remove free chargers from their packaging. For example, Samsung recently outed an ad for its in-box chargers, jabbing at Apple. Though subtle, Xiaomi is joining the fun. Announced today, Xiaomi is reducing its plastic usage but will keep the free charger.

In a recent tweet, Xiaomi announced its eco-friendly initiatives for upcoming smartphones. Starting in Europe, the company is reducing its plastic packaging by 60 percent. Attached to the announcement, they “unboxed” the Mi 10T Lite. Of note, the package contains a USB cable, the manual, a phone case, and a charging adapter.

Though the ad doesn’t reference Apple directly, the intention is crystal clear. “You’ll get all the essentials, just with less plastic waste,” the tweet reads.

According to its own announcement, Apple took out their free chargers for environmental reasons. Specifically, it contributes to their goal to go totally carbon neutral by 2030.

On the other hand, Xiaomi is going for the same eco-friendly rationale but keeping all the essentials of a smartphone package.

Of course, it makes sense that Xiaomi is keeping its chargers for now. Currently, the company is still actively involved in the wired and wireless charging wars.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi announced an upcoming 80W wireless charger

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OPPO launches TV S1 and TV R1 series

As part of their “One More Step” to IoT campaign

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OPPO TV S1

OPPO started to seriously venture outside of phones in 2019 and now they’re taking a big leap as they launch two TVs as part of their “One More Step” into a robust IoT ecosystem. They also announced new noise cancelling TWS earphones and a new smartwatch.

The aforementioned additions are the OPPO TV S1, TV R1 Series, Enco X True Wireless Noise Cancelling Earphones, and Watch RX.

OPPO TV S1

The 65-inch OPPO TV S1 features a 4K QLED resolution Quantum Dot wide color gamut display. It also has NTSC 120% ultra-wide color gamut. This helps deliver a purer, more vibrant graphics as well as softer, smoother color transition.

The TV also supports 120Hz refresh rate and variable refresh rate (VRR) making it ideal for next gen gaming.

OPPO collaborated with HiFI audio brand Dynaudio to deliver an immersive cinematic sound quality. The TV S1 is also equipped with eighteen stereo surround speakers with total power of up to 85W. It supports 5.1.2 channels and  Dolby Atmos.

OPPO TV R1 series

The OPPO TV R1 is available in 55-inch and 65-inch models. The TVs are equipped with a quad-core processor and high-speed Wi-Fi 6. These offer users a new living room experience with the  “instant-on” feature.

OPPO Enco X

Taking aim at the likes of the Apple AirPods Pro, Sony WH-1000XM3, and Huawei Freebuds 3 Pro, OPPO launches the Enco X True Wireless Noise Cancelling earphones. OPPO collaborated again with Dynaudio to craft this product. The earphones were tuned by Daniel Emonts, Chief  Acoustic Specialist of Dynaudio A/S. He is the acoustic designer of several award-winning Dynaudio speakers.

The Enco X is capable of reproducing rich, precise texture of music with HiFi quality with a balanced and natural sound. These are all possible thanks to the DBEE 3.0 acoustic system that features an innovative acoustic structural design.

Meanwhile, the noise cancelling feature functions in all kinds of scenarios. It has dual active noise cancellation, multi-level noise reduction management, and natural communication when in transparency mode. The Enco X also supports triple microphone call noise cancellation and wireless charging.

OPPO Watch RX

The OPPO Watch RX is the company’s first round dial smartwatch that features the updated ColorOS Watch 1.5. It’s part of three custom products launched in China: he OPPO Watch League of Legends Limited Edition, OPPO Watch RX League of Legends Limited Edition, and OPPO Find X2 League of Legends.

Availability

The OPPO TV S1, OPPO TV R1, and OPPO Watch RX are now available in China. No word yet on the availability of the OPPO Enco X.

OPPO formally announced their forray into an IoT ecosystem during OPPO INNO DAY 2019. In taking “One More Step” towards a more connected system of devices, the company will focus on these areas:

  • Personal Entertainment
  • Home appliance & Furnishing
  • Sports & Health

We can expect more products that fall into these categories in the future.

 

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Lenovo Legion Phone Duel price and availability in Malaysia

Pricing right around what you expected?

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Legion Phone Duel

They took their time, but Lenovo has bravely jumped into the mobile gaming market with the Legion Phone Duel. The phone is now making its way to Malaysia.

It’s powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragong 865 Plus SoC — the best in the business at the moment. It also comes with up to 16GB LPDRR5 RAM and a 512GB UFS 3.1 internal storage. It has a 6.65-inch AMOLED display with 144Hz refresh rate with a 240Hz sampling rate that should bode well for all your mobile gaming needs.

The Legion Phone Duel supports 90W Turbo Power Charging. This can take you from 0 to 50 percent in just 10 minutes and straight up to 100 percent in only half an hour. You can charge the phone on either USB-C ports. Yes, there are two. One in the usual bottom of the phone, the other on its side — a perfect spot for charging while you’re gaming.

Read our Lenovo Legion Phone Duel review for a more comprehensive look at the phone.

Pricing and availability

The Lenovo Legion Phone Duel comes in only two variants. Color, configuration, and pricing are as follows:

  • Blazing Blue (16GB+512GB) — MYR 3,999
  • Vengeance Red (12GB+256GB) — MYR 3,399

h/t: IGN SEA

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