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South Korean Tech Giant Samsung Set to be Top Smartphone Seller in India

The phone will also have the “Hole-in-Display”, a technology currently available in its flagship S10 series

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The new Samsung S10 phones are displayed Feb. 20, 2019, in San Francisco. Samsung is hailing the 10th anniversary of its first smartphone with three new models that it hopes reverses a sales slump in an industry recycling the same ideas. VOA

By Gokul Bhagabati

Riding sales of Galaxy A and online-only Galaxy M series, Samsung is on track to beat Xiaomi as the No. 1 smartphone seller in India this year, according to a top executive of the South Korean tech giant.

“We are aiming to double online market share in the country this year. Overall, we are expecting a healthy double-digit growth in revenue in the India smartphone business,” Asim Warsi, Senior Vice-President, Mobile Business, Samsung India, told IANS, here on Wednesday. The company “should be” the biggest smartphone seller in the country by the end of this year, he added.

Samsung has sold within 3 months two million M series smartphones, in addition to over 5 million Galaxy A phones in 70 days.

With 48.6 per cent share of the online channel, Xiaomi maintained its leadership position in the India smartphone market in the first quarter of 2019, according to International Data Corporation (IDC). Online sales reached 40.2 per cent of the India smartphone market in the same period.

Samsung increased its online share to 13.5 per cent in the same quarter. But with the launch of its India-first Galaxy M series phones, the company is “pushing the envelope” to increase its share of the online channel.

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DJ Koh, president and CEO of IT and Mobile Communications, holds up the new Samsung Galaxy Fold smartphone during an event, Feb. 20, 2019, in San Francisco. VOA

“Our business in online has taken a vertical take off, thanks to the three M series models,” Warsi said, adding its phones in other series were also available online.

The three M series models that Samsung has launched are — Galaxy M10, M20, and M30 — in the Rs 8,000 to Rs 18,000 price range.

Its fourth phone in the series will be M40, scheduled for launch on June 11. “We are planning to launch the Galaxy M40 at around Rs 20,000,” Warsi said.

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“The Galaxy M40, to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor, will have the screen sound technology. The sound is created through the vibration of the screen,” Warsi said.

The phone will also have the “Hole-in-Display”, a technology currently available in its flagship S10 series. (IANS)

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84% Indians Hope to Retain Their Jobs Despite Automation: WEF

Indians see automation, but hopeful of keeping jobs

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Although majority of Indians think their jobs would be automated in the next 10 years, 84 per cent hope to retain their jobs. (Representational Image) Pixabay

Although majority of Indians think their jobs would be automated in the next 10 years, 84 per cent hope to retain their jobs, supported by their skills, according to a report by World Economic Forum (WEF) and Ipsos.

India tops the list in terms of expectation of jobs automation, as around 71 per cent respondents expect their jobs to be automated. Saudi Arabia comes second with 56 per cent respondents expecting jobs getting automated, and in China 55 per cent respondents feel the same.

“Interestingly, 84 per cent of urban Indians polled are confident of keeping their jobs, using the skills they possess. The survey also shows across all markets, Indians are most confident, followed by the Netherlands (83 per cent) and the US (82 per cent),” the report said.

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Indians realise while automation is likely they know it will act as an enabler to improve efficiencies in deliverability. Pixabay

The markets least confident of holding onto their jobs in the face of automation, include Japan (23 per cent), South Korea (33 per cent) and Russia (50 per cent).

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Commenting on the survey, Parijat Chakraborty of Ipsos India said, “Indian job market is hierarchy driven, promotions are skills and performance-led. Indians realise while automation is likely they know it will act as an enabler to improve efficiencies in deliverability; human intellect, skill-sets and capital will still be needed to get the job done.” (IANS)