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India smartphone market shrinks by nearly half due to Coronavirus

The world’s second-largest phone market suffered a huge hit

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The India smartphone market is the world’s second-largest. It has witnessed consistent growth for the last few years, despite a regional economic slowdown. However, the streak came to an end in the second quarter of 2020 when the country announced a strict lockdown to curb the spread of Coronavirus.

Analysis firm Canalys said the smartphone market plunged by 48 percent in the second quarter. The country entered a full-lockdown from March 22 and it lasted till the end of April.

A few regions that weren’t impacted opened up slowly in May. But e-commerce activity was zero during this period and manufacturing facilities remained shut.

Smartphone makers anticipated the drop since there was no open channel available for selling. All physical stores were shut, e-commerce movement was nil, and trade in the black market was insignificant. Phone makers urged the government to categorize smartphones as an essential commodity amid the lockdown.

Xiaomi continued to be the market leader in India with a 31 percent market share, followed by vivo at 21.3 percent.

Canalys stated that the pandemic has forced phone makers into a “diabolical situation.” They’ve had to deal with low supply in production and demand.

Chinese brands still lead despite negative sentiment

The report also noted that anti-China sentiment was unlikely to affect sales of Chinese phone makers. Alternatives from Apple, Google, and Nokia aren’t priced competitively, leaving users with no option but to go for a Chinese phone maker.

Interestingly, more than 70 percent of the India smartphone market is controlled by Chinese makers like Xiaomi, vivo, OPPO, realme, and OnePlus.

Companies are having a hard time keeping up with the demand despite the lifting of the national lockdown. Positive cases of Coronavirus have been found in OPPO’s factory, prompting a shut-down. Adding to this, logistics are another concern since all processes have inherently slowed down due to insufficient manpower or social distancing norms.

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Mi 10T series launches in the Philippines

Xiaomi’s best right now?

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Mi 10T

After launching globally two weeks ago, Xiaomi’s Mi 10T series is now making its way to other markets.

The Mi 10T series has comprises of three phones: Mi 10T Pro, Mi 10T, and Mi 10T Lite. However, availability of the models vary from country to country. Most other countries are only getting, for now at least, the Mi 10T Pro and the Mi 10 T.

Mi 10T Pro

the Mi 10T Pro, it has a 6.7-inch Full HD+ display with a 144Hz refresh rate. Powering the phone is a Snapdragon 865 processor with 5G connectivity and 8GB RAM. The phone is wrapped in Gorilla Glass 5, has splash resistance, and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.

On the rear is a triple camera setup consisting of a 108-megapixel primary sensor, a 13-megapixel wide-angle lens, and a 5-megapixel macro lens. For selfies, a 20-megapixel front camera is located in a punch-hole cut-out. The 108-megapixel sensor is known for long exposure pictures, time burst, as well as dual-mode.

Watch our Unboxing and Review for more. 

Mi 10T

The Mi 10T gets the same display and processor as the Mi 10T Pro. However, it has a 6GB RAM option. On the rear is a triple camera setup that includes a 64-megapixel primary sensor, a 13-megapixel wide-angle lens, and a 5-megapixel macro lens. On the front is the same 20-megapixel selfie camera.

The design is also similar and houses a 5000mAh battery. Clearly, the Mi 10T is an ideal phone according to the specifications and users have the option to go for the Mi 10T Pro if they’re looking for a better and more powerful camera. It’ll be available in Cosmic Black and Lunar Silver color options.

Pricing and availability

Mi 10T — Lunar Silver and Cosmic Black

  • 6GB+128GB — PhP 19,990
  • 8GB + 128GB — PhP 20,990

Mi 10T Pro — Aurora Blue, Lunar Silver, and Cosmic Black

  • 8GB+256GB — PhP 24,990

Pre-order period is from October 16 to 22.

Lazada Flash Sale starting 12MN of Oct 16.

Mi 10T  6GB+128GB — PhP 17,990

Mi 10T Pro 8GB+256GB — PhP 24,990

  • Each buyer will receive a FREE set of Premium Speaker Gift* worth PhP 1,399.
  • Additional vouchers of PP h1,000 in limited quantity will also be given to consumers of Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro.

Offline Platforms promo

Mi 10T Pro at Authorized Mi Stores freebies:

  • Mi Electric Scooter Essential (PhP14,990)
  • OR Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Basic + Premium Speaker Gift Set (PhP 5,000)

Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro at Authorized Mi Zones freebies:

  • Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Basic + Premium Speaker Gift Set (PhP 5,000)

Extras

  • 6-month Netflix mobile subscription
  • Premium Services which include a 24-month local warranty plus a single accidental damage coverage on the screen within 6 months of purchase from October 16, 2020 to December 31, 2021. Standard terms and conditions apply.

 

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vivo V20 launches with Snapdragon 720G, triple rear cameras

A very colorful design scheme

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Going after the midrange segment, vivo announced the V20 today in India. The phone aims to offer a balance of everything so that every type of user is covered. The phone will be going up against the Samsung Galaxy M51.

On the front is a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution and a tiny water-drop style notch. Unlike the usual solid or reflective surface, the V20 fuses two shades and offers a very premium look.

However, the bright color scheme may not be everyone’s taste. It’ll be available in Midnight Jazz, Moonlight Sonata, and Sunset Melody color options.

Under the hood is an octa-core Snapdragon 720G processor with 8GB RAM. The phone ships with Funtouch OS out-of-the-box and sports an in-display fingerprint scanner for authentication.

The V20 has a triple camera setup consisting of a 64-megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, and a 2-megapixel monochrome camera.

For selfies, a 44-megapixel sensor is located on the front. On the software side, the phone incorporates 4K Selfie Video, Steadiface Selfie Video, Super Night Selfie 2.0, Dual-View Video, Slo-Mo Selfie Video, and Multi-Style Portrait.

Lastly, backing these internals is a 4000mAh battery with support for 33W fast charging.

The phone is priced at INR 24,990 for 8GB+128GB and INR 27,990 for 8GB+256GB. It’ll go on sale from October 20 via all major online as well as offline sellers.

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realme smart TV 55-inch with bezel-less design goes official

Launched along with a soundbar

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Alongside the realme Buds, the brand announced its expansion in the smart TV segment with a new 55-inch offering. Officially called the realme smart TV SLED 55-inch, its unique selling point is its bezel-less screen and metal design that provide a premium experience.

realme says this is the world’s first TV with SLED 4K support that can deliver a cinematic experience at home. The SLED panel uses Spectral Power Distribution (SPD) technology for the backlighting which should optimally result in a wide color gamut range and protection against blue light.

Under the hood, it runs on Android 9 Pie thanks to a quad-core MediaTek processor and 16GB internal storage. The TV also includes a 24W quad stereo speaker system along with Dolby Audio technology.

realme has also shipped along built-in Chroma Boost Picture Engine that offers seven modes — Standard, Sport, Game, Vivid, Energy Saving, User, and Movie.

It supports Google Assistant and all popular apps can be downloaded via the Play Store. In terms of connectivity, the TV has the usual HDMI, USB, and ethernet ports along with WiFi and Bluetooth 5.0.

The realme smart TV SLED 55-inch is priced at INR 42,999 (US$ 586), but it’ll be available for INR 39,999 (US$ 545) during its first sale as an introductory offer. Pre-orders start from October 16 and bookings can be made via realme store and Flipkart.

The company also launched a soundbar that’s officially called the realme 100W Soundbar. It’s equipped with two 2.25-inch 15W speakers and two 15W tweeters that provide a total output of 60W. The 40W subwoofer has a 50Hz to 24KHz enhancement and realme says it is capable of increasing the TV volume by 200 percent.

It’s priced at INR 6,999 (US$ 96) and sales start from October 16 via realme store, Flipkart, and Amazon.

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