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Smartphone market in India is confused! A market research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) on Monday crowned Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi with a market share of 29.7 per cent and placed Samsung in the second spot with a share of 23.9 per cent.

Earlier, two global research firms — Hong Kong-based Counterpoint Research and Singapore-based Canalys — in the end of July gave Samsung bigger or almost identical market share with Xiaomi in Q2 2018.

According to IDC’s latest “Quarterly Smartphone Tracker”, approximately one out of three smartphones sold in India was a Xiaomi device in Q2 2018.

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According to IDC’s latest “Quarterly Smartphone Tracker”, approximately one out of three smartphones sold in Indian smartphone market was a Xiaomi device in Q2 2018. Image: Wikimedia Commons

The quarter also marked the first time a smartphone brand (Xiaomi) shipped nearly 10 million units within three months.

Xiaomi also continued to be the number one smartphone vendor in the online smartphone market with 55.6 per cent market share, for the seventh consecutive quarter, said the report.

“Our mission to deliver amazing products at honest pricing has changed people’s lives and started a new chapter in the mobile Internet era in India and I believe we will become an even bigger part of people’s lives,” said Manu Jain, Vice President, Xiaomi and Managing Director, Xiaomi India.

According to IDC, four out of the top five smartphones in Q2 2018 were Xiaomi smartphones — Redmi 5A, Redmi Note 5 Pro, Redmi Note 5 and Redmi 5 — accounting for 26 per cent of overall smartphone shipments.

The Indian smartphone market saw an overall healthy growth of 20 per cent, with a total of 33.5 million units being shipped.

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However, in late July, Hong Kong-based research firm Counterpoint Research said South Korean firm Samsung reclaimed the top spot in the second quarter in India with 29 per cent share against Xiaomi’s 28 per cent. According to Singapore-based market research firm Canalys, Samsung shipped 9.9 million smartphones in India in the second quarter of 2018, registering almost a 50 per cent annual growth rate — its best since the fourth quarter of 2015,

Chinese handset maker Xiaomi also shipped 9.9 million smartphones and this is the best quarter either vendor has had in the country, said the report. Samsung “J2 Pro” was the top model in the second quarter, with 2.3 million units shipped in India.

According to IDC, in the online segment, Huawei with strong shipments of its Honor branded phones climbed to second position with an all-time high of 8 per cent share in online segment in 2Q 2018.

“The market, however, is seeing rapid consolidation at the top end, as the top 5 vendors made up 79 per cent of the smartphone market in 2Q18, marginalising smaller brands,” said Upasana Joshi, Associate Research Manager, Client Devices, IDC India. (IANS)

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Nokia 7.1 Smartphone With ‘Pure Display’ Now in India

Being an Android One phone, the Nokia 7.1 will receive three years of monthly security patches

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Nokia unveils 8.1 with 'PureDisplay' screen technology.

Finnish company HMD Global, which sells Nokia-branded smartphones, on Friday launched the Nokia 7.1 smartphone for Rs 19,999 in India, a month after unveiling the device in London.

This smartphone is first to feature “PureDisplay” screen technology for HDR10 cinematic quality entertainment.

The smartphone would be available in gloss midnight blue and gloss steel colours starting December 7 across retailers and on Nokia.com/phones.

“It was important for us to bring both ZEISS optics and ‘PureDisplay’ technology together in a device that offers a superior content experience, regardless of whether you’re taking photos for social media or watching your favourite streaming service,” Ajey Mehta, Vice President and Country Head, India, HMD Global, said in a statement.

The Nokia 7.1 features ZEISS Optics with 12MP + 5MP dual rear sensors with autofocus and an 8MP selfie snapper.

There’s a full HD+ 5.84-inch display with 19:9 aspect ratio.

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The Nokia 7.1 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset, optimised for content consumption with first-class graphics performance and battery efficiency coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage.

The device sports USB type-C fast-charging that delivers up to 50 per cent juice in 30 minutes .

Possessing a unique interplay on colour by using glass refraction, the Nokia 7.1 achieves deep, rich and neutral colours that capture both light and depth, the company added.

The device has dual-anodised aluminium diamond-cut coloured edges.

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Being an Android One phone, the Nokia 7.1 will receive three years of monthly security patches.

The smartphone has recently been upgraded to Android 9 Pie OS, thus, bringing new features, including “App Actions” which is exclusive to Android One devices and Google Pixel phones. (IANS)