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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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Xiaomi’s 200W charger is coming next year

Production starts June

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Xiaomi is reportedly gearing up for the mass production of its 200W HyperCharge next year. This week, the charging wars heated up with iQOO’s rumored 160W charging solution coming out for the iQOO 8. Though the rumor was impressive, Xiaomi’s 200W wired charging solution, which was revealed earlier this year, was always looming in the shadows.

Back in May, the Chinese company official unveiled the charging solution, touting a charge time of just eight minutes for a 4000mAh battery. The solution also boasted a 120W wireless charging compatibility to boot. Naturally, as with most new technologies announced, it takes a while before the company can safely release it for the public. True enough, some reports warned that the blazing fast solution actually degraded batteries.

However, according to Chinese publication MyDrivers, Xiaomi is ready to unleash it to the public. The company is reportedly aiming for production to start as early as June 2022. It will supposedly pair up with Xiaomi’s most premium model next year, the Mi 12 Ultra.

For years, Chinese companies have worked on creating the best charging solutions for consumers. Though most new ones are just experiments at this point, some are already coming out for the market. Besides the impressive 160W charger from iQOO, Samsung is also reportedly working on a much-needed fast charger for next year’s flagships.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi unveils 200W fast charging technology, calls it HyperCharge

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Trials of Mana now available on mobile

Mobile gamers might want to try this!

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Since its release in 1995, the Trials of Mana has come a long way. From the 16-bit era to the mobile gaming platform, this game is rich in history spanning 26 years. Now, the 3D remake of the JRPG classic Trials of Mana is now available on mobile.

The mobile version of the game includes many features, including new touch controls,  adjustable graphics settings and cloud save capabilities. Players can also receive two pieces of starting gear to help jumpstart their quest. The starting items are the Rabite Adornment and Silktail Adornment. 

Originally released in Japan as Seiken Densetsu 3 in 1995, Trials of Mana is a remake of the third entry in the classic Mana series. The game features a selectable main cast  with upgradable classes and over 300 different abilities to learn as they discover a world of secrets and mysteries. The series’ action battle system will put players to the test as they encounter enemies. The game was received well by its release on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Steam platforms.

Price and Availability

Trials of Mana is available on iOS and Android devices via the App Store or Google Play Store. The game is priced at US$ 23.99. 

SEE ALSO: Trials of Mana review: A nice glow up

 

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Horizon Zero Dawn’s Aloy is coming to Genshin Impact

Will be available for all players… eventually

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Turns out the PlayStation and Genshin Impact collaboration goes beyond PlayStation 5 specific updates. Aloy from the PlayStation game Horizon Zero Dawn will be a playable character on Genshin Impact.

Aloy — a five-star character — will be playable for PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 players via in-game mail when Version 2.1 drops. The character can then be played on any platform thanks to the cross-save feature after being claimed from the PS5 or PS4.

Not a PlayStation player? Fret not. Aloy, will arrive to all players who have reached Adventure Rank 20 on Version 2.2. Her weapon, unfortunately, is a PlayStation exclusive.

Version 2.1 and Version 2.2 will also bring other updates that MiHoyo promised to release in detail shortly. Version 2.1 is coming on October 13, 2021 while version 2.2 will arrive on November 24, 2021. Could these also be clues on when the Horizon Zero Dawn sequel will release? We’ll have to wait and see.

Genshin Impact is a free-to-play open-world action RPG that brings players to the world of Teyvat. The player takes on the role of the mysterious “Traveler,” who sets off on a journey to discover the fate of their lost sibling.

Horizon Zero Dawn was a PlayStation exclusive game that launched in 2017. It received plenty of critical and commercial success. Its sequel — Horizon Forbidden West — is set to arrive in late 2021.

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