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Samsung phone shipments drop while Xiaomi rises during Q1 2018

The smartphone market gets more competitive than ever

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The numbers for the first quarter of the year are out and it looks like China’s weakening quarterly smartphone shipments are affecting worldwide smartphone shipments. Besides the impact of the Chinese market, the global smartphone brands are still standing tall.

According to the latest report from the International Data Corporation (IDC), smartphone vendors shipped a total of 334.3 million units during the first quarter of 2018. That’s still a lot of smartphones, but that’s a 2.9 percent decline when compared to the same quarter last year.

Samsung remains as the top smartphone brand in the world with 78.2 million units shipped even though it’s down by 2.4 percent from last year. Because of the lower overall number of phones delivered, the Korean giant still saw a marginal increase in their market share from 23.3 percent to 23.4 percent.

Placing second is Apple with 52.2 million iPhone sales and a 2.8 percent increase year-on-year. The Cupertino’s company had a rising 15.6 percent market share during the quarter.

Huawei places third on the list with 39.3 million phones and 11.8 percent market share. The Chinese company saw a 13.8 percent year-on-year increase in the number of shipments despite the cold treatment in the US.

Another Chinese company is on the list and that’s Xiaomi. With a strong presence in countries like India, the company was able to ship 28 million phones with a whopping positive 87.8 percent year-on-year change. Xiaomi’s market share rises to 8.4 percent as well.

OPPO takes the fifth spot with 23.9 million shipments during the quarter and 7.1 percent market share. Among the top five brands, OPPO took the most damage with a 7.5 percent decline year-on-year.

As previously mentioned, the Chinese market was the biggest driver of the decline with less than 100 million shipments — the first time since the third quarter of 2013.

More information regarding the specifics of smartphone shipment is available on IDC’s website.

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Indian telco launches a Zoom rip-off and it’s free

Definitely worth giving it a shot!

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Jio, India’s leading telecom operator has recently been in the news for a lot of reasons. The company has more than 30 percent of the telecom market in India and it intends to pivot, unlike any other telco we’ve ever seen.

The company has launched a Zoom alternative called JioMeet. The video conferencing app is expected to get a lot of traction amid calls to increase self-dependence and reduce the consumption of foreign products. However, it seems like the Jio team took too much inspiration from Zoom and thought of just directly mimicking it.

The app looks almost identical to Zoom’s offering, except for the minor color change here and there. The app is one of many in Jio’s portfolio.

However, the app offers a lot of high-end features like unlimited free calls in HD and supports for 100 participants in one go. Additionally, JioMeet does not impose a short time limit on a call’s duration.

On Zoom, you’d require a premium account to disable the 40-minute restriction on calls. Thankfully, the app is available on the Play Store and App Store for download directly, and no coupons or invite links are needed.

For security and privacy reasons, all its meetings are password protected. The host has the control to send the uninvited guests to the “Waiting Room” to ensure no gatecrashing. Obviously, standard features like screen sharing have also been included.

For desktop usage, the service can also be accessed through Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox browsers. On its official website, JioMeet claims all the meetings are “encrypted”.

In the last two months, the telecom operator has raised billion in funding from global investors like Facebook. The company also owns JioSaavn music streaming service and has its own entertainment unit that offers movies, shows, as well as live TV.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite arrives in the Philippines

New tablet option!

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite

If you’re looking for a tablet that comes with a pen, then you might want to turn your attention to the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite.

The tablet has a 10.4” WUXGA+ display with dual speakers by Dolby Atmos and sound by AKG. This allows for an immersive viewing and listening experience in one compact companion.

Inside it’s powered by the Exynos 911 with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage that’s expandable up to 1TB via a microSD card. It also has 7040mAh of battery. It’s running Android 10, naturally with One UI 2.0 on top as well as everything else you can expect from a Samsung mobile device.

It has a nifty Samsung Kids feature for access to age-appropriate and family-friendly materials. So, if you’re a parent, you can rest easy should you choose to let your child handle the tablet.

Pricing and availability

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is now available for purchase. It comes in Oxford Gray and Angora Blue and retails for PhP 26,990 (US$ 545). It comes with a Free Book Cover and the aforementioned S-Pen both in the box. You also get free 4 months of YouTube Premium.

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Honor 30 Lite, Honor X10 Max with Dimensity 800 now official

5G is getting quite affordable

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Phone makers are increasingly in favor of adding 5G support and hence, actively launching new phones. The recently announced MediaTek Dimensity 800 processor is the brain of these two new phones from Honor — Honor 30 Lite and Honor X10 Max.

The chipset is a midrange offering that brings along 5G connectivity without compromising on regular performance and intensive gaming. The two phones have a similar design language but the rear gets a new reflective layer depending on the color option.

Honor 30 Lite

Starting with the Honor 30 Lite — it has a 6.5-inch LCD display with Full HD+ resolution with 90Hz refresh rate. The phone has a quad-camera setup consisting of a 48-megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 2-megapixel macro lens, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. For selfies, a 16-megapixel camera is located on the front.

The phone has a 4000mAh battery with support for 22.5W fast charging. The 6GB+64GB option comes for CNY 1,699 (US$240), the 6GB+128GB option costs CNY 1,899 (US$ 270), and the 8GB+128GB variant goes for CNY 2,199 (US$ 311). It’ll be available in Midnight Black, Phantom Silver, Summer Rainbow, and Wizard of Oz color options.

Honor X10 Max

Coming to the Honor X10 Max, it has a massive 7-inch LCD display with a Full HD+ resolution and up to 780 nits of brightness. The phone can support up to 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage.

On the rear is a 48-megapixel primary sensor along with a 2-megapixel depth sensor. For selfies, an 8-megapixel shooter is located in a tiny water-drop notch. Backing these internals is a 5000mAh battery with 22.5W fast charging.

The entry-level variant with 6GB+128GB costs CNY 2,099 (US$ 297) while the 8GB+128GB goes for CNY 2,499 (US$ 353). It’ll be available in Lightspeed Silver, Probing Black, and Racing Blue color options. Both the phones shall go on sale in China via Vmall.com

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