Samsung wants to double down on affordable phones with the launch of Galaxy A10

Offering a more premium experience



Not only does this week mark the end of MWC, but also kickstarts a regional battle for supremacy in India. This week, we’ve witnessed the launch of Galaxy M30, Redmi Note 7, and Redmi Note 7 Pro. Samsung isn’t done though, it has further announced the availability of Galaxy A10, A30, and A50 in India.

While the M-series carries aggressive pricing, the new A-series intends to offer a more premium experience at a budget price. The phones are priced close to each other in an effort to cover every possible segment. This strategy offers consumers more options to choose from, as well as allowing them to handpick features relevant to their use.

The three phones come with a water-drop style notch (called Infinity-V by Samsung) and run on Android Pie-based One UI. They also feature an AMOLED display and expandable storage, plus support for fast charging via USB-C.

The Galaxy A10 has a 6.2-inch HD+ display and comes with 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. The rear has a single 13-megapixel camera and the front has a 5-megapixel selfie shooter with facial recognition. It is priced at INR 8,490 (US$ 120) and will be available via all major dealers in Red, Blue, and Black color from March 20.

The Galaxy A30 gets a 6.4-inch HD+ display and a new reflective design. It is powered by an Exynos 7904 processor along with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The same chipset powers the M20 and M30, as well. On the rear is a 16- and 2-megapixel dual-camera setup while the front gets a 16-megapixel camera. It is priced at INR 16,990 (US$ 240) and will be available from March 2.

Lastly, the Galaxy A50 comes with a 6.4-inch Full HD+ display and shares the same design language of the A30. It has a better processor and comes in two configurations: 4GB RAM and 6GB RAM. Both get 64GB internal storage and an in-display fingerprint scanner.

The rear has a triple-camera setup consisting of a 25-megapixel primary camera, 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. For selfies, the front has a 25-megapixel camera. The 4GB option costs INR 19,990 (US$ 280) and the 6GB version retails for INR 22,990 (US$ 325). It will also be available for purchase from March 2.


POCO X2 now official with 120Hz display, Snapdragon 730G

It has finally arrived!



After a long wait, POCO has officially unveiled the POCO X2 in India today. The brand used to be a sub-brand of Xiaomi but recently turned completely independent. The brand has also emphasized that the phone is not a successor of the POCO F1, but a completely new series.

On the front, it has a 6.67-inch screen with a ratio of 20:9 and a 120Hz refresh rate. The brand is calling the higher refresh rate “Reality Flow” and it has been incorporated via an LCD panel. Keep in mind, apps and games need to support a higher refresh rate to fully deliver a smooth experience.

It’s powered by a Snapdragon 730G processor along with an Adreno 618 GPU. Just like the POCO F1, it also gets liquid cooling for enhanced longer periods of gaming. The brand repeatedly compared its offering aginst the Realme X2, the opponent it intends to take on. For power backup, you get a 4,500 mAh battery that supports 27W fast charging. And, the fast charging brick is included with the phone by default.

It houses up to 8GB LPDDR4 RAM and 256GB internal storage. The phone is being targeted as a fast device that can handle any task you throw at it. The fingerprint scanner is now mounted on the side and the back is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

On the rear is a Sony IMX686 64-megapixel primary camera paired with a 2-megapixel portrait sensor, 2-megapixel macro lens, and an 8-megapixel wide-angle sensor. This is the first phone to sport the Sony IMX686 sensor in India. On the front is a 20-megapixel primary camera along with a 2-megapixel portrait sensor.

POCO continues to retain the headphone jack. Additionally, it’s splash-proof and also houses an IR blaster on the top.

Pricing and availability

It’ll be available in three colors — Atlantis Blue, Matrix Purple, and Phoenix Red. In India, the 6GB+64GB variant is priced at INR 15,999, the 6GB+128GB is priced at INR 16,999 while the 8GB+256GB option costs INR 19,999.

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Vivo now second-most shipped smartphone brand in India

Their aggressive expansion strategies have paid off



Vivo continues to ride high from its expansion efforts in India. Just last quarter of 2019, it overtook Samsung to become the second most shipped smartphone brand in India.

In the latest findings from Counterpoint Research, Vivo composed 21% of the total smartphone shipped to Indian users. This figure is a sharp contrast to Q4 2018, wherein the company composed of just 10% for all smartphone shipments.  As such, the year-on-year (YoY) growth of Vivo from Q4 2018 to Q4 2019 is an astounding 132%.

The growth of Vivo helped it overtake Samsung to become the second most shipped smartphone brand in India. Samsung’s position dropped from 20% in Q4 2018 to 19% in Q4 2019 – which is not that bad for the Korean company.

While Vivo’s expansion efforts in both online and offline realm propelled the company, it still can’t compete with Xiaomi’s growth for both quarters. Xiaomi posted a 7% YoY growth, composing 27% of all smartphone shipped in India.

The latest findings came from Counterpoint’s research regarding India’s smartphone market. The latest research showed the growing market for smartphones in the country. As a matter of fact, it finally surpassed the US to become the second-largest smartphone market in the world.

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Poco X2 is coming in February

The wait is almost over



The long wait is now almost over. POCO India just revealed that the next Pocophone will launch on February 4, 2020.

Announced in a tweet, the next phone will be called POCO X2 and, according to the company, will make you go “Bruh, it’s Smooth AF.”

Why smooth? It’s likely referring to a high screen refresh rate — a feature that was introduced in 2019 by the likes of OnePlus and ASUS and will likely come to several phones in 2020. It’s possible the POCO X2 will have up to a 120hz screen refresh rate.

The phone’s dedicated website also highlighted the cameras, a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip, liquid cooling, and fast charging. If the POCO X2 will carry on the “flagship killer” tag that the Pocophone F1 carried, then it wouldn’t be a stretch to think that it will carry the latest Qualcomm SoC.

There’s still a lot that we don’t know, but we don’t have to wait too long to find out!

SEE ALSO: POCO is now officially an independent brand

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