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Samsung, Xiaomi dominate Q1 2020 Android sales

And these are midrange phones!

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The latest research from Strategy Analytics is a sign that things are shaking up in the Android smartphone market. According to the research, midrange phones from Samsung and Xiaomi dominated the Q1 2020 sales for Android smartphones. Furthermore, only one flagship made it to the list, suggesting that more and more people are buying midrange phones.

Midrange phones dominate the market

Global smartphone shipment for Q1 2020 stands at 275 million units. The Android smartphone that sold the most during the Q1 2020 is Samsung’s Galaxy A51. It is a midrange device with a 6.5-inch display and a quad-camera setup. It was released last year and has become a popular device across Europe and Asia. Strategy Analytics estimated that the device sold 6 million units worldwide, accounting for 2.3 percent of the global market share.

Meanwhile, Xiaomi’s Redmi 8 managed to grab the second spot. The device grabbed 1.9 percent of the total market share in the first quarter. Strategy Analytics noted that the device is popular among Indian and Chinese consumers. And with Xiaomi making a splash in Europe, it is also becoming increasingly popular among Europeans.

The rest of the top six best-selling smartphones are dominated by other Samsung and Xiaomi midrange devices. Taking up the fourth and sixth spots are the Samsung Galaxy A10s and A20s. Meanwhile, Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 grabbed the fifth spot.

Only one flagship made it to the top

Among the top six best-selling smartphones, only one is an Android flagship. Samsung’s Galaxy S20+ grabbed the third spot, accounting for 1.7% of the total smartphone market sales worldwide. It is also the lone super-premium device on the list, which is commendable on Samsung’s part since there are numerous flagships released from 2019 up to Q1 2020.

Midrange phones are more popular than ever

Midrange phones will only become more popular in the future due to the post-virus economic situation. More and more people will look for smartphones that offer more features for a much lesser asking price. As such, manufacturers may have to pivot once again on offering devices with decent specs at competitive price points. A recent example of this strategy is the iPhone SE (2020), which retails at USD 399 but offers flagship-class performance and camera.

SEE ALSO: Samsung launches online Store in the Philippines

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Lenovo Legion Phone Duel price and availability in the Philippines

Gift for yourself this holiday season?

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Legion Phone Duel

Lenovo has joined the mobile gaming fray with the Lenovo Legion Phone Duel. You can now grab this gaming smartphone in the Philippines.

It’s powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragong 865 Plus SoC — the best in the business at the moment. It also comes with up to 16GB LPDRR5 RAM and a 512GB UFS 3.1 internal storage. It has a 6.65-inch AMOLED display with 144Hz refresh rate with a 240Hz sampling rate that should bode well for all your mobile gaming needs.

The Legion Phone Duel supports 90W Turbo Power Charging. This can take you from 0 to 50 percent in just 10 minutes and straight up to 100 percent in only half an hour. You can charge the phone on either USB-C ports. Yes, there are two. One in the usual bottom of the phone, the other on its side — a perfect spot for charging while you’re gaming.

Read our Lenovo Legion Phone Duel review for a more comprehensive look at the phone.

Pricing and availability

The Lenovo Legion Phone Duel comes in only two variants. Color, configuration, and pricing are as follows:

  • Blazing Blue — (12GB+256GB) — PhP 39,995
  • Vengeance Red — (16GB+512GB) — PhP 49,995
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Mate 40 Pro is now the world’s smartest smartphone

Nabs top spot in AI benchmarks

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Besides the inclusion of 5G, another key feature in modern phones is AI compatibility. Smartphone makers are packing in the smartest chipsets inside daily drivers today. Already, the current state of AI powers more improved cameras and assistant features. That said, AI benchmarks are now more important than ever. Now, after a new test, the Huawei Mate 40 Pro is now the world’s smartest smartphone, nabbing the top spot in AI benchmarks.

On AI Benchmark, the Mate 40 Pro scored 216.6 on the rankings. Notably, the second placer — the Xiaomi Redmi K30 Ultra — scores only 135.3 on the same scale. The third placer — the iQOO Z1 — scored a similar 133.0 score. Both second and third place smartphones are considerably lesser than the new winner.

The Redmi K30 Ultra and the iQOO Z1 both sport the MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ chipset. On the other hand, the Mate 30 Pro comes with the new Kirin 9000 processor.

Though the Kirin 9000 is impressive, Huawei has already announced the termination of the Kirin lineup as we know it. Because of ongoing American regulations, the company has no more access to necessary components for the chipset. As a result, they are in a mad dash to either compensate for lost components or find alternative suppliers.

SEE ALSO: Samsung overtakes Huawei as the world’s top phone seller

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Galaxy S21 series will launch in several colors, leak says

Including gray, pink, and violet

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After the first Galaxy S21 leaks recently, more details have suddenly popped out of nowhere. Of course, with the reportedly early launch date, it’s not surprising. The Galaxy S21 will apparently debut earlier than usual this time around. Now, here’s one more detail for the hype train. According to a new leak, the Samsung Galaxy S21 series will launch in several colors.

According to notable leaker Ross Young, the following colors are already “100%” confirmed. The starter Galaxy S21 launches in Gray, Pink, Violet, and White. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S21+ launches in just Black and Silver. Finally, the leading Galaxy S21 Ultra comes in Black, Silver, and Violet.

The color scheme strikes similar to the recently launched iPhone 12 series. Specifically, the starting model will come in more colorful variants. The premium variants, however, ship in more premium colors.

If your favorite color isn’t listed, I wouldn’t lose hope yet. Usually, Samsung releases more colors after the initial launch. For example, the company recently launched BTS variants for the Galaxy S20 series.

Besides the listed colors, the leaker also confirmed the lineup’s production lines in Brazil, Indonesia, and Vietnam. With that data already “confirmed,” it’s likely that Samsung’s schedule is well on its way to completion. If the previous reports are true, the Galaxy S21 series will debut sometime in early January.

SEE ALSO: This is what the Galaxy S21 might look like

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