Apple led the global tablet market with 28.8 per cent share in the first quarter of 2018 as tablet shipments reached 31.7 million — declining 11.7 per cent from the same quarter last year, the International Data Corporation (IDC) reported on Friday.
Apple managed to ship 9.1 million iPads. Of that, 1.8 million were iPad Pro tablets, making Apple the leader in the detachable market as well.
Samsung with 16.7 per cent maintained the second position although the company’s shipments declined 11.4 per cent compared to last year.
The growing niche of detachable tablets like the Microsoft Surface and iPad Pro did experience more than 2.9 per cent year-over-year growth and captured 15.3 per cent share as newer models came into play.
Meanwhile, the decline for traditional slate tablets continued as vendors managed to ship 26.8 million units, down 13.9 per cent from the prior year, according to IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker.
“Chrome OS’ entrance in the detachable market is a welcome change as Google is finally a serious contender from a platform perspective,” said Jitesh Ubrani, Senior Research Analyst with IDC.
“Combined with Microsoft’s efforts to run Windows on ARM, the detachable market is poised for strong growth in the near term,” he added.
Huawei grew 13 per cent year-over-year, gained more than 2 per cent of share sequentially, and climbed back into the ranks of the top three.
In a bid to eat into Xiaomi’s mid-segment market share in India, South Korean tech giant Samsung has brought the fourth smartphone in its “Galaxy M” series to the country.
Galaxy M40 is the first M-series device to come with a punch-hole display and Android 9.0 out of the box.
Priced at Rs 19,990 and goes on sale next week, this is also the first “Galaxy M” phone powered by a Qualcomm 675 chipset which makes it more up-to-date as far as the software is concerned.
The M40 sports 6.3-inch FHD+ LCD display with a tiny circular cutout to house the selfie camera. The overall quality of the display was beyond expectation.
This is the first Galaxy M phone to house an Infinity-O display and the most affordable device with a punch-hole display camera (or in-display camera) in the Indian market, which makes the phone stand apart from its competitors.
In addition, the device has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 screen protection.
The rear panel is made up of a 3D-curved plastic with a glossy finish, which made the device look decent.
The power and volume buttons are placed on the right of device. To the left of the device is SIM tray which has two Nano-SIM slots while USB Type-C port and loudspeaker are placed at the bottom.
The triple-camera setup is vertically placed on the top left corner, giving the back of the smartphone a subtle look.
Under the hood, Galaxy M40 gets Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 SoC with Adreno 612 GPU and 6GB RAM – the first Galaxy M-series smartphone to get a Qualcomm chipset instead of an indigenous Exynos processor.
There is 128GB internal memory onboard which can be further expanded up to 512GB via a microSD card.
With these combinations, the performance of the device was better then its predecessor. While performing day-to-day tasks, the smartphone showed no sign of slowing down or any hassles while playing games like PUBG Mobile.
The fingerprint scanner is placed at the back of the phone which acts quick to unlock the smartphone and there’s also face recognition which uses the selfie camera to unlock the phone.
Going ahead with the trend of triple camera set up, Samsung has used the very same formula out here. The camera set-up includes a 32MP telephoto, an 8MP ultra wide-angle camera and a 5MP depth sensor. Up front, the M40 gets a 16MP selfie camera housed within the cutout.
In addition, the rear camera is backed by Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based auto scene recognition.
The colours and brightness captured by rear cameras were appreciable. They worked well in presence of good-lighting conditions but faced difficulties to produce same results in the absence of natural light.