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Global Sale of Smartphones Declines: Samsung, Huawei Sell Most

Sales of Apple iPhones totalled 44.6 million units in the first quarter of 2019, a decline of 17.6 per cent YoY

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To get ahead in the fast-changing tech industry, Samsung said it will expand investment in burgeoning tech segments to propel growth. Wikimedia Commons

Global sales of smartphones to end users declined 2.7 per cent in the first quarter (Q1) of 2019, totalling 373 million units, and despite its absence from the US, Huawei maintained its ranking as the No.2 smartphone vendor globally and continued to reduce the gap with Samsung, Gartner Inc. said on Tuesday.

In the first quarter of 2019, Samsung retained the top spot in global smartphone sales, achieving a 19.2 per cent market share while Huawei achieved the highest year-over-year (YoY) growth among the world’s top five, growing 44.5 per cent with its smartphone sales totalling 58.4 million units.

“Demand for premium smartphones remained lower than for basic smartphones, which affected brands such as Samsung and Apple that have significant stakes in high-end smartphones,” Anshul Gupta, Senior Research Director at Gartner, said in a statement.

“In addition, demand for utility smartphones declined as the rate of upgrading from feature phones to smartphones has slowed, given that 4G feature phones give users great advantages at a lower cost.”

Slowing innovation in flagship smartphones and rising prices continued to extend replacement cycles.

The two countries that sell the most smartphones — the US and China — saw sales decline by 15.8 per cent and 3.2 per cent, respectively, in the first quarter of 2019.

Sales of Huawei smartphones grew in all regions.

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FILE – A man uses two smartphones at once outside a Huawei store in Beijing, May 20, 2019. VOA

“Huawei did particularly well in two of its biggest regions, Europe and Greater China, where its smartphone sales grew by 69 per cent and 33 per cent, respectively,” Gupta noted.

Huawei’s continued dominance in Greater China, where it commanded a 29.5 per cent market share, helped it secure the No.2 global smartphone vendor ranking in the first quarter of 2019.

“Samsung launched its flagship Galaxy S10 smartphone portfolio which received a good response. However, its impact was limited as Samsung only started shipping the S10 at the end of the first quarter,” said Gupta.

“Samsung also strengthened its mid-tier and entry-tier smartphone ranges with a refreshed ‘A’ series and ‘J’ series and the newly-introduced ‘M’ series, but aggressive competition from Chinese manufacturers limited their impact.”

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Sales of Apple iPhones totalled 44.6 million units in the first quarter of 2019, a decline of 17.6 per cent YoY.

“The price cut for iPhones across markets helped drive up demand but wasn’t enough to restore growth in the first quarter. Apple is facing longer replacement cycles as users struggle to see enough value benefits to justify replacing existing iPhones,” Gupta noted. (IANS)

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OPPO Brings A9 2020: Mid-Segment Phone with Decent Performance

An upgrade of OPPO A9, the A9 2020 also features a 3D gradient design.

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After launching a highly successful Reno 2 series, OPPO has brought A9 2020 to bring some competition in the mid-segment market in India (Representational Image). Pixabay

After launching a highly successful Reno 2 series, Chinese handset maker OPPO has brought A9 2020 to bring some competition in the mid-segment market in India.

The Oppo A9 2020 comes with quad-camera setup with 5,000mAh battery as its USP. The device is available in two variants — 4GB RAM+128GB ROM priced at Rs 16,990 and 8GB RAM+128GB ROM at Rs 19,990 in two colours, Marine Green and Space Purple.

An upgrade of Oppo A9, the A9 2020 also features a 3D gradient design.

We tested 8GB RAM+128GB device (Rs 19,990) in Space Purple. Let’s see how it fares.

In terms of design, the device scores decent marks. The back looks attractive with glass-like finish which gives it an aesthetic feel.

The quad rear camera is placed vertically alongside the LED flash, which adds extra charm.

The fingerprint sensor, placed at the back, was quick. The OPPO logo is placed vertically in centre.

The left edge of the phone hosts the dual-SIM card tray and the volume buttons and the SIM tray hosts a dedicated space for Micro-SD card which helps users expand in-built 8GB memory up to 256GB.

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The new OPPO device is an ideal choice for those who seek exceptional performance. Pixabay

The volume rockers are at the left and power button at right, quite easy to operate. The lower edge of the phone houses speakers, Type C charging slot with fast-charging support and an audio jack input.

The smartphone features 6.53-inch Full HD+ display with a resolution of 1,600×720. The device’s screen is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The front of the device has dew-drop notch design that looks good.

The automatic brightness feature on-screen worked fine both indoors and outdoors.

The quad rear camera (48MP+8MP+2MP+2MP) is placed at the upper centre vertically alongside the LED flash.

The rear camera has basic panorama, HDR and video modes, along with some interesting image-enhancing features like AI-filters, ultra-wide mode, slow motion and time-lapse photography.

The camera produced some good snaps in daylight. However, it didn’t work good in low-light conditions.

The 16MP front camera features AI beautification and portrait mode, that gave sharp and good selfies.

The device has fingerprint unlock sensor as well as face unlock feature and both functioned smoothly.

The Dolby Atmos dual stereo speakers worked well.

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The camera in new OPPO Device produced some good snaps in daylight. However, it didn’t work good in low-light conditions (Representational Image). Pixabay

Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor, the device runs Android 9 Pie-based ColorOS 6.0.1.

Snapdragon 665 provides faster performance while simultaneously lowering power consumption by 20 per cent.

The 5,000mAh battery kept the juice for almost a day.

However, despite having the “gaming boost 2.0” software, the device experienced lags while playing.

The phone competes well against Realme 5 Pro and Vivo Z1X at this price point.

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Conclusion: With decent looks, quad-rear camera and big battery, the device is an ideal choice for those who seek good rear camera, better storage and a premium look. (IANS)