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Chinese vendors grab More Than Half of India smartphone market in Q1

According to International Data Corporation’s (IDC) Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, 27 million smartphones were shipped in India in CY Q1 2017 with a healthy 14.8 percent growth over the same period last year. But unlike last year, shipments grew sequentially in the first quarter of 2017 by 4.7 percent recovering from demonetization impact in Q4 2016. China-based vendors continue to…

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OPPO’s new non-China smartphone should avoid Xiaomi’s international mistakes

Only launched outside of China Branded as the “Selfie Expert” with a dual-front camera of 16MP + 8MP supporting wide angle shooting, and a rear camera of 16 MP/ f1.7. 2016 was a booming year for OPPO. The Chinese OEM leaped from the world’s seventh biggest smartphone maker in 2015 to the fourth in 2016 in shipment volume, with a…

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Samsung takes top spot in global smartphone share from Apple’s iPhone, TrendForce says

Samsung’s sales results for its high-end smartphones fell short of expectations in the first quarter as consumers’ confidence in the brand had yet to fully recover from the recall of Galaxy Note 7. Nevertheless, Samsung continued to do very well in the mid-range and low-end segments of the market. The economically priced, high-performing Galaxy J series sustained Samsung’s shipments and…

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Mobile phone manufacturers and their competitively priced laptops: Xiaomi

The Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air has a 4G SIM slot which could come in handy when you don’t have access to Wi-Fi. The global smartphone market is reaching saturation point, and phone makers are now focusing on computing products too. According to CounterPoint Research, the global smartphone market saw a modest year-on-year growth of 3.4% in 2016 —it was 1,462 million…

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Xiaomi climbs technology ladder with self-developed chip

Xiaomi, one of China’s leading smartphone manufacturers, released its first independently developed smartphone chip on Tuesday, making it the fourth cellphone company in the world that can independently develop processor after Apple, Samsung and Huawei. Pengpai S1, the fingernail-sized chip, cost Xiaomi over 1 billion yuan ($145 million) in research and development. “Chip is the apex level of cellphone technology….

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China’s phone makers eye world stage

Cheap handsets helped Chinese smartphone makers climb to the top of their home market. Now they’re hoping cutting-edge technology will take them global. Cheap handsets helped Chinese smartphone makers climb to the top of their home market. Now they’re hoping cutting-edge technology will take them global. Shrugging off a reputation for knockoffs, the country’s biggest brands are starting to push…

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Is Less More in the Smartphone Market?

When the Mobile World Congress kicks off in Barcelona on Monday, many of the world’s largest smartphone brands will use this gathering of the mobile industry to unveil their latest offerings on the global stage. While most brands are more than happy about the attention their products get at an event like MWC, the world’s largest smartphone makers won’t be…

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Smartphone Trends: More Memory, More Market Share

Smartphones have (and are) becoming advanced computers as the software, hardware, services and user needs mature to a point it almost are replacing the need for PCs. Applications such as AR/VR will be more demanding on DRAM in phones this year. Higher Resolution Displays, LTE all are driving need for higher DRAM capacities in smartphones. Furthermore, OEMs have been pushing…

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Oppo moves to number 1 spot in Chinese smartphone market

According to the latest research from Counterpoint’s Market Monitor service, the demand for smartphones in China remained healthy during Q4 2016 (Oct-Dec) as the smartphone shipments were up 12% annually and 9% sequentially driving the full year growth and record volumes. The competitive and crowded environment brings about constant shifts in top players in China’s smartphone market. Huawei, Oppo &…

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Hugo Barra is joining Facebook VR team

Days after quitting Chinese gadget maker Xiaomi, Hugo Barra is joining Facebook to work on Oculus and lead its VR tech, announced the social media company today. Mark Zuckerberg just revealed the news on Facebook, posting a photo of Hugo and himself taken in VR. “Hugo shares my belief that virtual and augmented reality will be the next major computing…

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