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Huawei could ship lesser smartphones by 2021

From 170 million units to 45 million according to TrendForce

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The recent years have been challenging for Huawei and it might not get better soon. A recent report by TrendForce predicts that Huawei will drop to seventh place in total smartphone production volume by 2021, which is huge considering the company placed third last year.

For perspective, Huawei shipped a total of 170 million smartphone units last 2020. This puts it firmly in third place, trailing behind Samsung and Apple. As 2021 comes, TrendForce predicts that Huawei will only ship a total of 45 million smartphones. Such a huge drop in production volume will allow Xiaomi, OPPO, Vivo, and Transsion to overtake the embattled company.

The company will also see a huge drop in the 5G market share. Last year, Huawei commanded a huge 30% market share for 5G smartphones, putting it in second place after Apple with a 31% lead. This 2021, TrendForce predicts a drop to 8% which is a considerable loss. Other companies like Samsung, Xiaomi, OPPO, and Vivo will overtake Huawei with 13%, 11%, 14%, and 13% market share, respectively.

TrendForce attributes their predictions for Huawei to these things: US export restrictions and the spin-off of Honor as an independent brand. Honor became an independent brand after Huawei sold it to a conglomerate last November.

TrendForce now predicts that the two companies will compete with each other, imposing an obstacle to Huawei should it regain the lost market share brought about by the loss of its former sub-brand.

As for the latter, the entity ban that took effect last 2019 will continue to strain the company even if the global smartphone market share improves.

Smartphone market on uncertain times

While the times are hard for Huawei, the global smartphone market is also experiencing difficulties imposed by the pandemic. TrendForce recorded an 11% year-on-year decrease in global smartphone production. Overall, smartphone production for 2020 reached a mere 1.25 billion units. This is a far cry from the 1.4 billion units and upward of 2018 and 2019.

Things are shaking up to improve by 2021, however. As more people become accustomed to the “new” normal, TrendForce predicts a surge in device replacements. Emerging markets will also see a growing demand for smartphones this year. Assuming that these scenarios play out, the global smartphone production will increase to 9%, amounting to a total of 1.36 billion units.

However, TrendForce also warns that these scenarios are dependent on how the pandemic affects the global economy by 2021. Other factors that could affect global smartphone production include geopolitical instabilities and the limited production capacity of the semiconductor foundry market. TrendForce notes that banning SMIC has resulted in additional strain for semiconductor foundries.

Regardless of how the global smartphone production plays out, the 5G market share will continue to increase this 2021. Last year, the global penetration rate stands at 19% amounting to 240 million 5G-powered smartphones. TrendForce predicts an increase of 37% penetration rate for this year alone thanks to projected 500 million 5G-powered units.

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realme GT 5G unveiled, sports Snapdragon 888, 120Hz display

A true flagship

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The launch season has arrived, and companies are bombarding the market with products. While Xiaomi was launching the Redmi Note 10 series today in India, realme announced its new flagship phone in China — the realme GT 5G.

realme is serious about grabbing the premium market and had been teasing the phone for quite a while now. Not only does the phone have Qualcomm’s latest offering, but it also sports a 108-megapixel camera and 120Hz display.

To be precise, the front has a 6.4-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The screen also brings a 100 percent DCI-P3 wide color gamut and 91.7 percent screen-to-body ratio thanks to the punch-hole cut-out. The panel is protected by Corning Gorilla 5.

The Snapdragon 888 processor is coupled with Adreno 660 GPU, which brings a 30 percent improvement in performance. It’ll have up to 12GB RAM and 256GB internal storage. The newly launched Realme GT ships with Realme UI 2.0, which is based on Android 11.

On the rear are a 64-megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera, and a 2-megapixel macro sensor. On the front, you get a 16-megapixel camera for capturing selfies. The phone supports photography features like PureRaw mode, AI selfies, up to 4K 60fps recording, and more.

The realme GT 5G has a 4,500mAh battery and supports 65W fast charging. An in-display fingerprint scanner is provided for authentication, while other features include stereo speakers, Hi-Res audio support, and even a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The phone comes with a starting price tag of CNY 2,799 (US$ 430) for the 8GB+128GB option, followed by 12GB+256GB at CNY 3,299 (US$ 510). The company has also launched a Vegan Lether edition. It’ll go on sale from March 10.

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Redmi Note 10 with Snapdragon 678, 48MP camera now official

Continuing the legacy

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Alongside the Redmi Note 10 Pro series, Xiaomi also unveiled the Redmi Note 10 — the classic. The family has given Xiaomi the number one spot in India for the last few years. Despite competition from Samsung, realme, and many others, the “Redmi Note” craze is only rising.

The Redmi Note 10 follows the same EVOL design language we’ve seen in the other beefed-up options. It retains a Gorilla Glass 3 body that’s IP52 rated for protection against dust and water ingress. It also gets stereo speakers, an IR blaster, and the infamous headphone jack. Even the fingerprint scanner is mounted on the side.

The front sports a 6.4-inch AMOLED Full HD+ display with 1100 nits of peak brightness and a 180Hz touch sampling rate. The front camera is housed in a punch-hole cut-out.

Powering the Redmi Note 10 is a Snapdragon 678 processor with 8x Kryo 460 cores clocked up to 2.2GHz. It’s coupled along with Adreno 612 graphics chipset and up to 6GB RAM.

The back has a quad-camera setup consisting of a 48-megapixel Sony IMX582 sensor, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 2-megapixel depth sensor, and a 2-megapixel portrait camera. The front has a 13-megapixel camera for selfies.

The phone is backed by a 5000mAh battery that supports 33W fast charging. The charger is provided in-box. Xiaomi also boasts that the phone is comparatively thinner and lighter than its predecessor.

The base variant with 4GB+64GB configuration goes for INR 11,999, while the 6GB+128GB option goes for INR 13,999. The sale starts on March 16 via Mi.com, Amazon.in, Mi Home and Mi Studio stores. It’ll be available in Frost White, Aqua Green, and Shadow Black color options.

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Redmi Note 10 Pro Max launches with Snapdragon 732G, 108MP camera

The price is unbelievable!

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After a long wait, Xiaomi has finally unveiled the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max in India today, alongside the Redmi Note 10. Together called the Redmi Note 10 series, it plays a critical role for the company since it’s one of the most awaited launches of the year.

The phone features a new design language that’s called EVOL by the company. It consists of a back panel with a dual-tone premium matte frosted glass back, which is a first for the Note series. It has an IP52 rating coupled with rubberized ports ensures protection against dust and water ingress.

On the front is a 6.7-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display with 1200 nits of peak brightness, 120Hz refresh rate, and HDR10 support. The front is protected by Gorilla Glass 5 while the back consists of toughened glass.

Powering the phone is a Snapdragon 732G processor with up to 8GB RAM and 128GB UFS 2.2 storage. The processor is made on an 8nm process and designed on Kryo 470 architecture, which clocks up to 2.3GHz. Xiaomi claims the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max offers 15 percent faster graphics performance than the predecessor.

The back consists of a quad-camera setup that includes a 108-megapixel primary camera. The Samsung HM2 sensor is the thinnest ever designed and leverages 9-in-1 pixel binning technology to capture maximum details in low-light. Complimenting the primary sensor is an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 5-megapixel macro sensor, and a 2-megapixel portrait lens.

Xiaomi’s MIUI brings in a few extra features, namely Night mode 2.0, VLOG mode, Dual video, Pro Video mode, Magic Clone, and Long exposure mode. For selfies, a 16-megapixel camera is located on the front.

Backing these internals is a 5020mAh battery with 33W fast charging. Xiaomi has provided a 33W charging brick with the phone and it can charge from 0 to 59 percent in just 30 minutes. The Redmi Note 10 Pro Max ships with MIUI 12 based on Android 11 out-of-the-box. For authentication, a fingerprint sensor is located on the side.

The Redmi Note 10 Pro Max starts with the 6GB+64GB option at INR 18,999 (US$ 260), followed by 6GB+128GB for INR 19,999 (US$ 275), and lastly, the 8GB+128GB for INR 21,999 (US$ 302). It’ll be available across Mi.com, Amazon.in, Mi Home and Mi Studio stores starting March 18, 2021. Color options include Dark Night, Vintage Bronze, and Glacial Blue.

The Redmi Note 10 Pro

It gets everything from the elder sibling, except for the camera setup. Instead, it sports a 64-megapixel Samsung ISOCELL GW3 primary sensor.

The 6GB+64GB option costs INR 15,999 (US$ 220), 6GB+128GB costs INR 16,999 (US$ 233), and the 8GB+128GB options will go for INR 18,999 (US$ 261). It’ll be available across Mi.com, Amazon.in, Mi Home and Mi Studio stores starting March 17, 2021. Color options include Frost White, Aqua Green and Shadow Black.

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