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Samsung adds Galaxy C7 and C5 to midrange lineup

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Let’s face it: The midrange smartphone segment is where the excitement’s at. Samsung is well aware of this, and is bolstering its portfolio with a fresh new series of Galaxy smartphones, beginning with the Galaxy C7 and C5.

Design-wise, you won’t be treated to anything brand-spanking new, as Samsung’s usual curves and physical home button with fingerprint scanner make a reappearance on the two phones. It’s when you lay your hands on them that you’ll notice the all-metal builds. It’s not exactly a new concept in this category; we’ve seen Sony commit to the material in its refreshed X series of smartphones, but it’s definitely a first for Samsung.

Samsung Galaxy C5 gold

Samsung Galaxy C5 in gold

The C-series devices share a lot of traits, such as the 6.7mm-thin frame, 16-megapixel f/1.9 rear camera, 8-megapixel f/1.9 front shooter, and abundant 4GB of RAM. As for what makes the Galaxy phones different from one another, it’s mainly the screen size and internal hardware.

For one, the Galaxy C7 flaunts a noticeably larger 5.7-inch 1080p display as compared to the C5’s 5.2-inch 1080p screen. Going deeper, a mightier Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chip powers the C7, while a slightly weaker, yet more than adequate Snapdragon 617 processor sits inside the C5.

There will be 32GB and 64GB storage options for both models, plus microSD expansion up to 128GB using the second slot of the dual-SIM hybrid tray. Android 6.0 Marshmallow will ship with the gadgets.

The only catch here is that the two handsets will only be available in China for the time being. To get an idea of how much they cost, the Galaxy C5’s price begins at around $335 (around P15,500) for the 32GB variant, and the 32GB Galaxy C7 is currently priced at about $395 (P18,500).

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Apple, Samsung sold fewer smartphones in 2018 — report

Huawei won the game, though

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2018 wasn’t a great year for smartphones in terms of sales, but not every company took a hit last year. According to the latest report by Gartner, the total number of devices sold in 2018 was 408.358 million, a 0.1 percent growth from 407.845 million. The biggest losers are Apple and Samsung, both in Q4 and the whole year.

Apple sold 11.8 percent fewer units during the holiday season compared to the same quarter in 2017. Samsung also sold fewer phones during the last quarter, but the South Korean company still managed to maintain a big gap from competitors.

According to the report, Apple is mostly affected in Greater China since buyers are now delaying their upgrades as they wait for bigger innovations. Alternatives are gaining popularity due to their cheaper prices as well.

While two of the biggest names in the industry suffered loss, Huawei, on the other hand, increase their sales and is now close in taking Apple’s coveted second spot. The Chinese tech giant managed to sell an extra 52 million phones in 2018.

Xiaomi and OPPO also gained a few extra millions of sales during the last quarter of 2018. Interestingly, Xiaomi was able to overtake OPPO the whole year with 7.9 percent market share versus 7.6 percent.

SEE ALSO: Apple users take longer to upgrade than before

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Huawei official confirms P30 Pro’s quad camera setup

Through a leaked photo

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In a month, Huawei will finally launch the successful P20 series’ successor — the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro. Given last year’s success, the P30 series has some huge boots to fill. Thankfully, existing rumors are already painting a colorful portrait for us.

As the launch beckons just around the corner, Huawei has officially confirmed the series’ most highlighted rumor — the quad rear camera. Last year, the P20 Pro flaunted an amazing triple rear camera system. This year, leakers and rumor mills have speculated on one more camera. After much speculation throughout the past few months, a Huawei official has suddenly leaked the information himself.

On Chinese social network Weibo, Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group, posted an incredibly close-up shot of the recent full moon. As is standard with most Chinese smartphones, the photo came with an incriminating watermark.

Image source: Weibo

Strangely, Yu still tried to blur out the phone’s model. Despite the blur, the “Leica Quad Camera” label is blatantly clear. Further, the blur still doesn’t completely hide the starting letter, “P.” Obviously, the P20 series does not have the indicated quad camera setup. Also, the blur isn’t big enough to cover “Mate 20 Pro.” The P30 Pro is the only possible option.

Intentional or not, Yu’s leak is the biggest hype maker for the upcoming launch. If the P30 Pro can shoot moon shots like that, it will likely offer an enjoyable shooting experience. Regardless, the Huawei P30 series is only a month away. Huawei has a lot of momentum going into the launch.

SEE ALSO: Huawei is now accepting registrations for the P30 series in Singapore

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Nokia 6 and 2.1 get updated to Android 9 Pie

True to the promise

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HMD Global, the company that creates the new Nokia phones, is keeping their promise to users of the original Nokia 6 and the entry-level Nokia 2.1 by seeding the Android 9 Pie update according to schedule.

Both the Nokia 6 and Nokia 2.1 phones should start getting the sweet update to Google’s latest Android version. Like with any rollout, the process is done gradually; some users might have to wait for a bit to get theirs.

For the Nokia 6, the update weighs around 1.7GB and it also brings the latest February 2019 security patch. This is the phone’s second major version upgrade. It was released in 2017 with Android Nougat and got updated to Android Oreo last year.

The Nokia 2.1, on the other hand, gets the Android Pie (Go edition) since it’s a phone with 1GB of memory. The lightweight version of Android makes sure that things will run smoothly despite the limited memory and storage capacity.

Based on HMD Global’s schedule, the Nokia 3.1 Plus was supposed to receive Android Pie in January, but it was missed. The Nokia 3.1 and Nokia 5.1 are next in line for the update.

SEE ALSO: HMD Global shares Android Pie update roadmap for Nokia phones

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