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Realme’s next flagship will have a 64MP camera

See the sample for yourself

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This is the Realme C2, not the phone referred to in the article

After spending some time getting inside the thick of the budget smartphone race, it looks like Realme is gearing up to run with the big boys.

Back in June 25, Realme CEO Madhav Sheth posted an image on Twitter that he said was taken with a 64 megapixel camera equipped on the next flagship Realme phone. That number is unheard of for any smartphone that’s currently out on the market today.

However, if the 64MP sounds familiar, that’s because it’s a technology that Samsung developed. It’s called the 64-megapixel Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1. It uses the company’s contemporary pixel-merging Tetracell technology. The sensor will not only produce better image quality, it will also improve HDR shooting capabilities making HDR images look more realistic.

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There’s no word yet on what the phone’s name will be, what are its other specs, nor when is it going to be available exactly. However, Realme’s CEO did call it a “premium killer,” so it might be squaring against the likes of the Redmi K20 Pro/Xiaomi Mi 9T as one of the most affordable flagships in the market.

Early on, it also looked like the phone will only be available in China and India but recent developments suggest it will come to more markets some time during the second half of 2019.

SEE ALSO: Realme X Spider-Man Edition will be launching soon

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India now the world’s second-largest smartphone market

It finally surpassed the US

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With a population of 1.3 billion, India is the second-most populated country in the world. The total number of population in India presents an opportunity for tech companies willing to break ground with their products. The proliferation of tech brands in the country testifies to the Indians’ demand for new tech products — particularly, smartphones.

Over the years, the smartphone market in India grew significantly. According to the latest statistics from Counterpoint Research, India finally surpassed the US to become the second-largest smartphone market in the world.

India’s growth remained while smartphone shipments remained flat globally.

The total smartphone shipment in India reached 158 million in 2019 with a 7% year-on-year growth.  The bulk of this shipment came from Indian buyers looking for midrange smartphones with flagship capabilities. These buyers, as the research notes, are buying these devices as their first or second smartphone.

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Xiaomi leads the way

Chinese tech companies saw a strong surge in India and drove the majority of smartphone shipments. Xiaomi, in particular, leads the pack with 28% of smartphones shipped coming from the company. The company now has to prioritize the Indian market, as the market finally became its largest last 2019.

Samsung (24%), Vivo (16%), and OPPO (9%) also did well last 2019. Interestingly, Realme’s growth in India has been staggering — from 3% in 2018 to 10% in 2019, the company registered a 255% year-on-year growth.

Other companies like ASUS and OnePlus also grew significantly on an annual basis. ASUS registered a 67% growth while OnePlus at 29% growth.

While budget devices remain popular among Indians, the market for midrange and flagship devices is also growing. One company to benefit from this growth is Apple, wherein the lowered entry price of iPhone 11 compared to iPhone XR made it a hit among Indians with deep pockets.

Feature phones are declining

While the Indian smartphone market grew significantly, the market for feature phones dropped significantly. The market saw a steep 38% year-on-year decline during the last quarter of 2019. Counterpoint Research blames this to a slow down in shipments from a leading feature phone maker, Reliance Jio.

Surely, the Indian smartphone continues to be a competitive market for most tech companies. The growing adoption of smartphones in India means that there is no slowing down for its market. Perhaps, there will come a time when smartphone shipments in India may even surpass that of China’s.

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Motorola razr: “Bumps and lumps” are normal, according to Motorola

Take good care of your razr

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After all the hype, are we ready to give foldable smartphones a chance? Logic says: proceed with caution. The pioneering phones have proven themselves less than durable. For example, even after two iterations, the Samsung Galaxy Fold still had inherent flaws (which the company admitted to).

Now, the industry’s newest addition — the refreshed Motorola razr — is going through similar speed bumps. However, according to Motorola, there’s nothing to worry about.

Today, Motorola USA released a support video on their official YouTube page. The video issues several reminders on how to take care of the foldable phone. Most are self-evident, such as staying away from sharp objects and screen protectors. One, however, is a strange addition.

“Screen is made to bend; bumps and lumps are normal,” the addition said.

Undoubtedly, “bumps and lumps” don’t usually apply to smartphones — if it’s working correctly, at least. To call it “normal” is strange. What does it even mean? When do bumps and lumps occur?

If the Galaxy Fold is any indication, the flexible screen deforms after bending over and over. The plastic can pop like a broken screen protector. That said, it’s strange to see how Motorola’s own deformations are normal.

If Motorola is downplaying the flaw, is the new razr actually better than most foldable smartphones? Unfortunately, despite the downplaying, “bumps and lumps” are still undesirable for some users. Will this impact the Motorola razr negatively? Possibly.

SEE ALSO: New leak reveals Motorola phone with a stylus

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Vietnam’s Viettel develops its own 5G equipment

5G rollout in Vietnam imminent

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The race to 5G is on. Vietnam’s leading carrier, Viettel, just developed its own 5G equipment for use in the country’s transition towards the next-gen cellular service.

Vietnam becomes the sixth globally to develop its own 5G technology. Other countries that built homegrown infrastructure are Sweden’s Ericsson and Finland’s Nokia. Viettel’s development of its own 5G equipment makes it one of the few tech companies to have such capability.

Many countries in Southeast Asia, including the Philippines, are using Huawei infrastructure to launch their 5G service. Vietnam’s resistance to partnering with Huawei stems from its territorial dispute with Beijing over South China Sea.

The carrier will start the rollout in larger cities initially in June. Viettel also intends to use 5G equipment from Nokia for the initial rollout.

In the future, Viettel is looking to supply 5G equipment to its subsidiary carriers in countries like Myanmar and Cambodia. While some may interpret this as the carrier’s potential entry to the competitive 5G equipment market, it has to pay patent royalties owed to Huawei, Ericsson, and other companies.

Vietnam’s rollout of its homegrown 5G equipment is a clear break from other countries willing to pay tech companies for such. Since the Vietnamese government owns it, the carrier will subsidize the full rollout of 5G in the country.

Elsewhere, other countries are scrutinizing tech companies since 5G is a critical infrastructure that is supposed to be free from interference. Huawei has faced an entity ban in American soil over spying concerns regarding its own 5G equipment.

The Chinese company is also facing a similar ban in other countries, but it breathed a sigh of relief last October when the UK reconsidered Huawei for its own 5G rollout.

Source: Nikkei Asian Review

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