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iPhone XR takes the spot for best-selling smartphone of 2019

A lot of people are really into iPhones

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Canalys’ latest sales figure for 2019 is surely a piece of good news for Apple. Last year, iPhone XR took the no. 1 spot for the best-selling smartphone globally, beating all other smartphones by a wide margin.

Apple’s recent pricing strategy has worked in favor of the company. Their 2018 “budget” smartphone — iPhone XR — lead the pack among the company’s best-seller. With the company lowering the price even further than 2019’s iPhone 11, many people were attracted by the prospect of owning an iPhone.

The iPhone 11 also did well, securing the top two in the global top 10 smartphones for 2019. Furthermore, the device crushed its competitors by a wide margin in the global top 10 smartphones for Q4 2019.

The lowered price of Apple’s smartphone helped the company sell their products even if they were released a long time ago. For example, 2017’s iPhone 8 grabbed the 7th spot for the whole of 2019, and the 5th spot for Q4 2019. Interestingly, iPhone 7 placed 9th for  2019 even if Apple phased it out a long time ago.

Apple’s flagship device — iPhone 11 Pro — didn’t make it to the list for the whole 2019. Still, it placed 3rd for the list of Q4 2019.

Samsung’s budget devices lead the pack for Android devices

Meanwhile, the best-selling Android smartphone globally for 2019 was Samsung Galaxy A10. This is unsurprising, given the marketing and specs poured on this entry-level device. Overall, the device landed the third spot for the best-selling smartphone globally. Its improved variant, the Galaxy A10s, landed the 7th spot for the best-selling smartphone last Q4 2019.

Other Galaxy devices made the cut for the best-selling smartphone too. Galaxy A50 and A20 took the 4th and 5th spots, respectively. These mid-range devices pack great specs for a decent price, making them a favorite among people with a limited budget.

Then, there’s the flagship Galaxy S10+, which finished last in the global best-selling smartphones for 2019.

Meanwhile, both the Galaxy A20s and A30s sold well during the last Q4 2019, taking the 8th and 9th spots, respectively. Clearly, Samsung’s decision to revamp its A-series worked well for the company facing serious competition against Chinese manufacturers.

Xiaomi makes a dent

The only Chinese manufacturer to make a dent in the global best-selling smartphones for 2019 was Xiaomi. Only one of its devices sold well for the whole of 2019. Redmi Note 7 made it to the 6th spot, which is a testament to the device’s popularity.

Xiaomi’s follow-up to the Redmi Note 7 — Redmi Note 8 — didn’t make it to the global best-selling smartphone for 2019. However, the device had a much better standing for Q4 2019, grabbing the 6th spot.  Its bigger brother — Redmi Note 8 Pro — snatched the 10th spot last Q4 2019.

Dominated by trio

Overall, the list of global best-selling smartphone was dominated by three companies. Only Apple, Samsung, and Xiaomi managed to grab a spot for the top 10 best-selling smartphones. One company noticeably absent from the list is Huawei. This is not surprising given the effect of the continuing US trade ban impacting the sales of Huawei smartphones.

Other companies like OPPO, Vivo, and OnePlus were absent from the list. Only time will tell if one of their devices could make the cut in future list for the top 10 best-selling smartphone worldwide.

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Apple reportedly working on a 25W wired charger

Up from the standard 20W

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Apple is reportedly boosting its wired charging capabilities to 25W for the iPhone 13 series. It’s a significant change, given the company’s current charging situation. Since the months leading up to the iPhone 12 series’ launch last year, Apple has controversially played around with how it approaches charging.

Since the iPhone 12 series, Apple stopped shipping free chargers with their new iPhones. The decision resulted in thinner boxes and more phones packed into a single shipment. In the same vein, the company also resurrected the MagSafe system for the iPhone to bring a wireless charging method for consumers. Though it offered Apple a new source of income, consumers were less than thrilled about having to buy a separate charger for their new iPhone.

According to the latest report from MyDrivers, Apple is leaning into that even further. Reportedly, the company’s upcoming supply chain includes a 25W charging capability. Currently, Apple’s main charger only goes up to 20W of wired charging. It retails for US$ 19.99. If the 25W charger is true, who knows how much Apple will sell the accessory for?

Additionally, the modest increase might not prove much in terms of charging capability, anyway. It is, hopefully, a step in the right direction, though. The company’s competitors are already ramping up the charging wars. Most notably, Samsung is reportedly gearing up for a 65W fast charger for next year’s Galaxy S22 series. Apple has a lot of ground to cover if it wants to catch up.

SEE ALSO: Apple launches official MagSafe Battery Pack

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Corning announces durable glass for phone cameras

Called the DX and DX+ lineup

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Despite the evolution of smartphone glass durability, rear cameras are still soft spots for mobile devices. With enough sharp force, the smartphone’s rear camera can shatter, destroying its ability to take photos in the process. Corning is finally planning to address that issue with its DX and DX+ series.

Announced late last week, Corning is bringing its damage-resistant glass to smartphone cameras. Besides offering the company’s iconic durability, the DX and DX+ range will supposedly offer better optics for the camera as well. The glass can reportedly allow 98 percent of light into the camera’s sensor, reducing the usual camera issues such as ghost reflections.

Currently, some smartphone makers use anti-reflective coating to address optical issues. However, as any smartphone camera photographer can tell, issues can still happen especially in bright or low-light conditions.

Naturally, Corning’s claims are still unproven at this point. It will take an actual product before users can tell the difference. According to Corning, the DX and DX+ series will first ship out with upcoming Samsung devices. The company hasn’t listed the specific devices it’s coming to, though. However, if the timing is any indication, Samsung is set to host its next Galaxy Unpacked event on August 11. Will this be the first appearance of Corning’s new camera glass?

SEE ALSO: Corning’s new Gorilla Glass Victus can survive a 2 meter drop

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Xiaomi’s 200W charger is coming next year

Production starts June

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Xiaomi is reportedly gearing up for the mass production of its 200W HyperCharge next year. This week, the charging wars heated up with iQOO’s rumored 160W charging solution coming out for the iQOO 8. Though the rumor was impressive, Xiaomi’s 200W wired charging solution, which was revealed earlier this year, was always looming in the shadows.

Back in May, the Chinese company official unveiled the charging solution, touting a charge time of just eight minutes for a 4000mAh battery. The solution also boasted a 120W wireless charging compatibility to boot. Naturally, as with most new technologies announced, it takes a while before the company can safely release it for the public. True enough, some reports warned that the blazing fast solution actually degraded batteries.

However, according to Chinese publication MyDrivers, Xiaomi is ready to unleash it to the public. The company is reportedly aiming for production to start as early as June 2022. It will supposedly pair up with Xiaomi’s most premium model next year, the Mi 12 Ultra.

For years, Chinese companies have worked on creating the best charging solutions for consumers. Though most new ones are just experiments at this point, some are already coming out for the market. Besides the impressive 160W charger from iQOO, Samsung is also reportedly working on a much-needed fast charger for next year’s flagships.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi unveils 200W fast charging technology, calls it HyperCharge

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